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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Fellowship of Southern Churchmen inspires future activists

Burgess thinks that groups like the Fellowship of Southern Churchmen inspired both black and white activists.

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Oral History Interview with David Burgess, August 12, 1983. Interview F-0006. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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DALLAS BLANCHARD:
Do you perceive any differences between the committee and the fellowship?
DAVID BURGESS:
Well I think that events have overtaken us in a sense that I think many of the individuals were like and I can give you a chapter and a verse which pormpted the civil rights movement of the south later. And we gave inspiration both to the blacks and the whites. But we had no idea what was coming in the sixties. Then Martin Luther Kings' organization, the NAACP, the Purple league, some of the blacks nationalist movement came later. And I would say that the committee is probably one of the many now. We were sort of a lonely beginning group. But now there are many organizations.