Singleton, Helen: Oral History

Helen Singleton participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. She explains that Freedom Riders received education about nonviolence and describes one of her experiences on the bus. The video excerpts come from the documentary The Children Shall Lead (link).

 

Interview Data: 

Name of Interviewee: Helen Singleton

Date: November 8, 2001

Place of Interview: Jackson, MS

 

Time                        

Topics/Names/Events Discussed

0:00-2:00

Summer, 1961; Los Angeles; UCLA; Santa Monica City College

2:00-4:00

Philadelphia; family history of experiencing segregation; Virginia

4:00-6:00

1954 Brown vs. Board decision; sit-ins

6:00-8:00

UCLA NAACP; CORE; New Orleans

8:00-10:00

Disturbing the peace charges; Jackson jails; Parchman Penitentiary

10:00-12:00

Parchman; New Orleans

12:00-14:00

Jackson; FBI; arrest; Captain Ray

14:00-16:00

Jackson City Jail; processing

16:00-18:00

Jackson City Jail experience

18:00-20:00

Hinds County Jail; hearing; jail conditions

20:00-22:00

Parchman

22:00-24:00

Parchman experience

24:00-26:00

Parchman experience; Rabbi visits

26:00-28:00

Parchman food

28:00-30:00

Food; Rowena Taylor; Parchman experience

30:00-32:00

Parchman cell; psychological effect

32:00-34:00

Release; abscessed tooth; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Virginia

34:00-36:00

Santa Monica City College; return home

36:00-38:00

Consciousness raising

38:00-40:00

Freedom song, “We Shall Overcome”

 

 

Her oral history may also be viewed here.

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