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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Elizabeth and Courtney Siceloff, July 8, 1985. Interview F-0039. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Little gender and racial diversity on the Fellowship's executive committee

Elizabeth Siceloff vaguely recalls the composition of the Fellowship's leadership. Regardless of her hazy recollections, Elizabeth reveals that white male ministers dominated the executive positions.

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Oral History Interview with Elizabeth and Courtney Siceloff, July 8, 1985. Interview F-0039. 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 Were there any women who were strongly active in the Fellowship other than, of course, Nelle? ELIZABETH SICELOFF I don't particularly remember. There was a woman in Chapel Hill who was with the YMCA. DALLAS BLANCHARD Ann Queen? ELIZABETH SICELOFF Well, I guess she was part of Charles Jones' orbit and was a person who was interested in all these things. I remember Ann being active. She would have been involved in anything which students were taking part. DALLAS BLANCHARD But as far as the executive committee? ELIZABETH SICELOFF I don't remember any. My memory is that they were all men and they were all ministers. DALLAS BLANCHARD All right. What about the role of blacks? Were there any blacks who were strong contributors to the decision making? ELIZABETH SICELOFF I can't remember. I have a very vivid memory of Branch. DALLAS BLANCHARD Murray Branch? ELIZABETH SICELOFF Murray Branch to the conference at Pleasant Hill, Tennessee, and I think I may have driven with him part of the way. I remember him making quite an effort to come to that conference and participating in a very active way, but I don't suppose he was on the executive committee. DALLAS BLANCHARD He was at one time. ELIZABETH SICELOFF Was he? Well, that name and face comes up right away. I can remember the name of Melvin Watson and I think I'm getting a picture. He was a young minister. I remember him coming to meetings.