Children of McComb

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Children of McComb
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A talk with Thomas Hayden and Robert Zellner (field secretaries of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), given under the auspices of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to the Durham Youth and College Chapters of the NAACP in Durham, North Carolina. The talk was delivered on October 27, 1961. They discuss their experiences at the student protest in McComb, Mississippi. The students protested because fifteen-year-old Brenda Travis, a McComb, Mississippi, a high school student, was sent to reform school after she requested service at a Greyhound Bus lunch counter as an inter-state traveler. One hundred and three of her school mates had to leave their homes and go to school elsewhere because they demonstrated on her behalf. Hayden was former editor of a college daily in Michigan and had become acquainted with KPFA during a visit to the Bay Area in 1960. He sent the recording of this talk to KPFA, knowing it was one of the few news outlets that would find it important to share with their audience. An introduction by Elsa Knight Thompson tells the story of the provenance of this recording.

Date Recorded on: 
27 Oct. 1961.
Date Broadcast on: 
KPFA, 12 Feb. 1962.
Item duration: 
1 reel (73 min.) : 7 1/2 ips, mono.
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Los Angeles : Pacifica Radio Archive, 1962.
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