Free All Along (eBook)
The Robert Penn Warren Civil Rights Interviews
de Stephen Drury Smith e Catherine Ellis
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“This is an expression not of people who are suddenly freed of something, but people who have been free all along.”
—Ralph Ellison, speaking with Robert Penn Warren
A stunning collection of unpublished interviews with key figures of the black freedom struggle by the Pulitzer Prize–winning author
In 1964, Pulitzer Prize–winning author and poet Robert Penn Warren set out with a tape recorder to interview leaders of the civil rights movement. He spoke with luminaries such as James Baldwin, Martin Luther King Jr., Stokely Carmichael, Ralph Ellison, and Roy Wilkins. In Harlem, a fifteen-minute appointment with Malcolm X unwound into several hours of vivid conversation.
A year later, Penn Warren would publishWho Speaks for the Negro?, a probing narrative account of these conversations that blended his own reflections with brief excerpts and quotations from his interviews. Reverend James Lawson has called this book an “archival treasure that demonstrates why the Civil Rights Movement in fact gave our land its second equality, life, and liberty movement.”
The large collection of audiotapes of Penn Warren’s conversations, however, remained unknown to the public until rediscovered by scholars in recent years.Free All Along brings to life these vital historic voices of America’s civil rights generation, including writers, political activists, religious leaders, and intellectuals.
A major contribution in their own right to our understanding of the struggle for civil rights, these remarkable long-form interviews are presented here as original documents with pressing relevance today.