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1h 3min   |   English   |  26 February 2019

Ms. Richardson joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1963, taking part in sit ins and other direct action in Cambridge, Maryland, before moving to Atlanta to work in the national office. She later went to Mississippi to work on staff for the 1964 Freedom Summer project, then returned to Atlanta to help run Julian Bond's campaign office when he ran for the Georgia legislature in 1965. Ms. Richardson was an associate producer and researcher for the Emmy Award-winning documentary on the civil rights movement, "Eyes on the Prize. " Here, Ms. Richardson discusses her personal background and what led her into the Southern freedom movement, her work with SNCC, the strategic vision of James Forman, Julian Bond's campaign for the Georgia legislature, the importance of news media and storytelling during Freedom Summer and other SNCC projects, and her impressions of and relationship with Julian Bond during the early years and then later after he became president of the NAACP.

Julian Bond Oral History Project: Judy Richardson
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An interview with Judy Richardson for the Julian Bond Oral History Project, sponsored by the School of Public Affairs at American University. Conducted by Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government and Project Director, in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 7th, 2018. This project documents the rise of Julian Bond from the early years in the Atlanta student movement to becoming a founding member and later communications director of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) to his rise to national prominence by 1968.

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Project Director: Gregg Ivers, Professor of Government, American University Research and Technical Support: Gracie Brett, Lianna Bright, Audra Gale and Colleen Vivaldi

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