Oral History: Robert Singleton

Robert Singleton participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. He describes being arrested in Jackson and the conditions in the city jail. The oral history was filmed for the documentary The Children Shall Lead (link).

Interview Data

Name of Interviewee: Dr. Robert Singleton

Date: November 8, 2001

Place of Interview: Jackson, MS

Time                        

Topics/Names/Events Discussed

0:00-2:00

Philadelphia; Los Angeles; UCLA; Army

2:00-4:00

Sit-ins; President of UCLA NAACP; CORE; family background; South Carolina

4:00-6:00

Family concern

6:00-8:00

UCLA; raising bail money; New Orleans orientation; Jackson

8:00-10:00

Arrest; Jackson City Jail; Hinds County Jail; Parchman Penitentiary

10:00-12:00

Parchman; Deputy Tyson; singing in jail

12:00-14:00

Deputy Tyson

14:00-16:00

Parchman experience

16:00-18:00

LA Woolworth’s boycotts

18:00-20:00

Reflections on experience

20:00-22:00

New Orleans; Freedom Songs

22:00-24:00

Parchman experience

24:00-26:00

Release from Parchman; Philadelphia; UCLA

26:00-28:00

Returning home; LA City Schools cases; Serrano vs. Priest; continued education

28:00-30:00

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His oral history may also be viewed here.

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