The Voice of Septima P. Clark

Video and Oral Histories

Called the ‘‘Mother of the Civil Rights Movement’’ by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Septima P. Clark dedicated her life to education, equal opportunities, and social justice. In the following video and oral history excerpts, Clark discusses themes such as class and race divisions in the U.S. South, her experiences at the Avery Institute, and her work with the NAACP. Oral histories and with Septima P. Clark are available in their entirety through the Southern Oral History Program at the University of North Carolina, Who Speaks for the Negro? digital archive through the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, and the Lowcountry Digital Library at the College of Charleston.