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).
His oral history may also be viewed here.
Name of Interviewee: Dr. Robert Singleton
Date: November 8, 2001
Place of Interview: Jackson, MS
|0:00-2:00||Philadelphia; Los Angeles; UCLA; Army|
|2:00-4:00||Sit-ins; President of UCLA NAACP; CORE; family background; South Carolina|
|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|
|16:00-18:00||LA Woolworth’s boycotts|
|18:00-20:00||Reflections on experience|
|20:00-22:00||New Orleans; Freedom Songs|
|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||Posterity needs access to this information|