Interview with Bob Zellner, 3/29/1995

Charles Marsh (interviewer)
Bob Zellner (interviewee)
Wed, 03/29/1995
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New Orleans, LA
United States

White civil rights activist Bob Zellner, in his interview with Charles Marsh held in New Orleans, Louisiana,  shares his experience  growing up in Alabama and how he and his family worked tirelessly for their freedom to break with long-established racial attitudes. Zellner recalls his father’s missionary travels in Europe during the time of the Nazi party and how his experiences there caused him to separate from the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi upon his return. Zellner describes his social experiences within the Alabama school system in both high school and college and how it was there that he began to sense the constant fear experienced by his white colleagues and friends to have racial views that contrasted with the segregationist views held by the society. It was at this point in his life that he decided not to live in fear and these experiences  later encouraged him to join the Civil Rights Movement. Zellner also discusses his participation in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and his work as a campus traveler promoting integration.  He relates a near death experience after being beaten for attending a meeting in Macomb, Illinois and a trip he took to Philadelphia, Mississippi  in 1964 where he was ambushed by the Ku Klux Klan and narrowly escapes with his life. 

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Document Description: 22 page transcription of interview; located in PLT Archive folder "Interview with Bob Zellner".

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