The Resource Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Betty Kilby Fisher; interviewed by Carrie MacLeod, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Betty Kilby Fisher; interviewed by Carrie MacLeod, (sound recording)

Label
Oral history interview, part of an oral history project
Title
Oral history interview
Title part
part of an oral history project
Statement of responsibility
Betty Kilby Fisher; interviewed by Carrie MacLeod
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Contributor
Interviewee
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Records the reminiscences of Betty Kilby Fisher, who describes her experiences as an African American student in Virginia during the early years of school desegregation in the 1950s and 1960s. Discusses the state of education in Virginia in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 landmark decision, "Brown v. Board of Education", and the reaction of officials in several Southern states. Describes the policy of "massive resistance" whereby the governor of Virginia closed the public schools in an effort to avoid integration. Recalls the efforts of her father, James W. Kilby, who named Fisher as a plaintiff in the Virginia court case "Betty Ann Kilby v. Warren County Board of Education" which ultimately lead to the integration of Warren County High School in 1958. Discusses the intimidation experienced by the first black students to attend formally all white schools, as well as the physical threats to her father and other black leaders at that time. Concludes with a discussion of Fisher's life after graduation and her reflections on the lessons learned over the past fifty years of school desegregation
  • The Shenandoah Valley Oral History Project consists of audio interviews, transcripts, and background material dating from 2005-2006 conducted by James Madison University students in Professor Daniel Kerr's course Selected Themes in U.S. History, HIST 339. Interviewees were primarily from Rockingham and Augusta Counties. Topics range from the poultry industry, labor and civil rights activism, Native Americans, Latino immigrants, ex-offenders, the homeless, and gays, lesbians and bisexuals
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Cataloging source
VMC
Date time place
Recorded at the Hampton Inn, Winchester, Virginia, March 28, 2006
Form of composition
unknown
Format of music
not applicable
Former title complexity
  • Forms part of the Shenandoah Valley oral history project, 2005-2006. For details of individual interviews see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Greyson Daniels (SdArch no. 29-1). Oral history interview [sound recording] / John D. Farrish (SdArch no. 29-2). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mabel Johnson (SdArch no. 29-4). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Allen Layman (SdArch no. 29-5). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Kris Maul (SdArch no. 29-6). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Greg Michael (SdArch no. 29-7). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Pat Morrison (SdArch no. 29-8). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Julia Patterson (SdArch no. 29-9). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Tom Peachy (SdArch no. 29-10). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Monica Robinson (SdArch no. 29-11). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Garfield Shelton (SdArch no. 29-12). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Crysta Swarts (SdArch no. 29-13). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Alice Velazquez (SdArch no. 29-14). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Travis Wills (SdArch no. 29-15)
  • For summaries of interviews for which the interviewees have granted permission for online access, but have requested the use of pseudonyms, see bibliographic records for the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / "Joe" [pseudonym] (SdArch no. 29-16). Oral history interview [sound recording] / "JMU Professor" [pseudonym] (SdArch no. 29-17)
  • For summaries of interviews for which permission for full online access was not expressly given, see bibliographic records for the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mr. Armstrong (SdArch no. 29-18). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Miss Hughes (SdArch no. 29-19). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Mr. Scott (SdArch no. 29-20)
Literary text for sound recordings
interviews
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 29-3.
Label
Oral history interview, part of an oral history project, Betty Kilby Fisher; interviewed by Carrie MacLeod, (sound recording)
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Publication
Note
  • There are no background papers or stacks copies for this collection
  • Statement of purpose included in transcript
Accompanying material
1 transcript (18 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 1 interview guide (3 leaves ; 28 cm.) + 1 interview journal (3 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Control code
229142009
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. +
Extent
1 sound disc (ca. 69 min.)
Governing access note
  • For use, see Special Collections Librarian
  • There are no copyright restrictions for any audio or documents which are part of the public domain. Images are an exception. Copyright to all images is held by the interviewee and is provided for educational purposes only. They may not be downloaded, reproduced or distributed in any format without permission of the donor. Recordings and textual materials for which pseudonyms were requested have been honored
Other physical details
digital
Reproduction note
System requirements for streaming media: QuickTime, RealPlayer or other MP3 compliant player required. For PDF transcripts; Adobe Acrobat Reader required.

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