The scholar and civil rights advocate Oakley Johnson led a varied life whose busiest period, 1946-1959, is fully documented in this microfilm collection. The collection is organized in two main series. The Southern Period (1946-1952) covers years when Johnson was teaching in Alabama, Louisiana, and Texas, and working with the Louisiana Civil Rights Congress. Contained here are pamphlets, legal papers, press releases, clippings, and correspondence involving the activities of the congress, particularly its attempt to secure justice for two men sentenced to die on a charge of rape. The second series, the Post-Southern Period (1952-1959), documents years after Johnson's 1952 move to New York City. Research notes, source materials, and manuscripts of his extensive writings on civil liberties and segregation are included.
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