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Ken Lawrence:

A Guide to His Oral History Interview at Georgia State University Library

Georgia State University
Georgia State University
Special Collections and Archives
100 Decatur St., SE
Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
404-413-2880
Fax: 404-413-2881
archives@gsu.edu

November 03, 2011



Profile Description

Creation: EAD version 2002 finding aid created in XMetaL 4.5 by Traci JoLeigh Drummond, November 03, 2011.
Language: English

Collection Summary

Repository: Georgia State University Library, Special Collections and Archives, Atlanta
Creator:Lawrence, Ken, 1942-
Title:Ken Lawrence oral history interview
Dates: 2010
Quantity: .25 linear ft. (in 1 box)
Abstract:Ken Lawrence is an activist, free-lance writer, researcher, editor, lecturer, historian, and media consultant living in rural Pennsylvania. In this interview, he briefly discusses his origins with the civil rights and labor movements, his writing and discusses, in a broader context, the changes and progression of the labor and civil rights movements over the course of his life.
Identification: L2010-05
LanguageEnglish.

Scope and Content of the Oral History Interview

In this interview, Lawrence briefly discusses his origins with the civil rights and labor movements, including his membership in the Young People's Socialist League, the Socialist Party, and the Facing Reality organization. He describes his participation in activism as a young man and interest in various political philosophies. He enumerates the writings and people who influenced him politically and inspired his support and devotion to the labor and civil rights movements. Lawrence then elaborates on many of his published articles for The Southern Patriot and his experiences in researching and writing them, including the citrus and sugar workers in Florida, the pulpwood workers in Mississippi, the Farrah strike in Texas, the poultry plant workers, and many other wildcat strikes throughout the south. He also discusses, in a broader context, the changes and progression of the labor and civil rights movements over the course of life.


Biography of Ken Lawrence

Ken Lawrence was born in 1942 and raised in Chicago. At age 17, in 1960, he traveled to Atlanta to attend the conference of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and witnessed the emerging civil rights movement at first hand. The following spring, after his second year of college, Lawrence left school to become a full-time activist. He moved to Mississippi in 1971 to work full time as an organizer and writer. From 1971 to 1975, he was the Deep South representative of the Southern Conference Educational Fund (SCEF), and correspondent for The Southern Patriot, a monthly civil-rights movement paper. Today, Lawrence is a free-lance writer, researcher, editor, lecturer, historian, and media consultant living in rural Pennsylvania.

A full biography can be found here, on the Florence and Laurence Spungen Family Foundation website.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the Georgia State University Library online catalog (GIL). Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Lawrence, Ken, 1942-
Quest, Matthew
Facing Reality
Socialist Party of the United States of America
Southern Conference Educational Fund
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Young People's Socialist League
Labor movement--United States--20th century.
Civil rights movement.
Southern patriot (periodical).
Strikes--United States.
Wildcat strikes.
Oral history

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Administrative Information

Citation

Ken Lawrence, in an interview conducted by Matthew Quest, May 27-28, 2010, Pennsylvania State University Library. L2010-05, Southern Labor Archives. Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University, Atlanta.

Acquisition Information

Ken Lawrence was interviewed by Matthew Quest on May 27-28, 2010.


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