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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Were there any women who were strongly active in the Fellowship other
than, of course, Nelle?
I don't particularly remember. There was a woman in Chapel Hill who was
with the YMCA.
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
But as far as the executive committee?
I don't remember any. My memory is that they were all men and they were
All right. What about the role of blacks? Were there any blacks who were
strong contributors to the decision making?
I can't remember. I have a very vivid memory of Branch.
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.
He was at one time.
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.