Fred Gray Interview

Charles Marsh (interviewer)
Fred Gray (interviewee)
Sat, 09/07/2002
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Dexter Avenue Baptist Church Montgomery, AL
United States

In this interview, civil rights activist Fred Gray discusses his career as an attorney who fought for racial equality in Montgomery, Alabama. After originally planning to become a preacher, Gray instead decided to attend law school at Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Having witnessed racial discrimination during his upbringing, Gray decided to defend civil rights of the marginalized African American community in Montgomery. Gray talks about his co-founding of the Young Alabama Democrats (YAD) and several of his most important court cases. Gray discusses the importance of Carr v. The Montgomery County Board of Education, a landmark case which went to the Supreme Court and desegregated the area's elite white high school. He also talks in detail about the Claudette Colvin case, which allowed causes such as Rosa Parks's to gain publicity and public support. He regards Colvin as an unsung hero of the Civil Rights Movement who deserves more community recognition. Gray ends the interview by insisting that, despite the progress made by the Civil Rights Movement, contemporary problems such as economic discrimination and wide socioeconomic gaps among racial groups still exist.

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