Bob Zellner With Plater Robinson

Bob Zellner (interviewee)
Plater Robinson (interviewer)
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Plater Robinson interviews white civil rights activist, Bob Zellner about his time in the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, (SNCC) in Pike County, Mississippi. Zellner discusses how his parents learned to become accepting of all races, and how this acceptance was transferred unto him since his childhood. This acceptance led him from his home in Alabama to McComb, Mississippi to promote Civil Rights after E.H. Hurst shot and murdered a leading voter’s rights activist and member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, (NAACP), Herbert Lee. He explains that Lewis Allen witnessed the murder, and that Lewis Allen was killed shortly thereafter. Allen’s death inspired Bob Moses to instigate the Freedom Summer of 1963. Zellner speaks about his first experience in a march, and the resulting near-death experience he faced at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan, (KKK). He discusses the fact that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was present and was taking notes but did not try to intervene, and how, in spite of SNCC’s association with the FBI, he does not agree with their practices. He ends the interview by saying that in spite of the fact that his work with SNCC was demanding, his current work for civil rights has many demands as well.

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Document Description: 35 page typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Bob Zellner Interview".

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