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1h 40min   |   English   | 23 July 2019

A Hattiesburg, Mississippi, native, Ms. Ladner became active in the NAACP as a teenager and later became a active member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in college. After graduating from Tougaloo College in Jackson, Mississippi, Ms. Ladner earned her Ph.D. in sociology from Washington University in St. Louis and became a prominent scholar/activist. From 1994-95, Ms. Ladner was served as interim president of Howard University, the first woman to hold that position. Ms. Ladner discusses her personal and family background, the importance of community support growing up, the role that mentors such as Medgar Evers and Vernon Dahmer played in shaping her consciousness, her experience in the civil rights movement while in college and her relationship with and impressions of Julian Bond.

Julian Bond Oral History Project: Joyce Ladner
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An interview with Joyce Ladner for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. The project documents the professional rise of Julian Bond from 1960-1968. The project focuses on his early years in the Atlanta student movement, his work as a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and his rise to national prominence. Conducted by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government and Project Director, and assisted by Zephaniah Jalloh, in Washington, D.C., on July 10th, 2019.


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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University


Production Assistance: Jessica K. Merriman

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