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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With James Roberson

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Civil rights activist and educator James Earnest Roberson was born on June 14, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama. His family lived across the street from Big Bethel Baptist Church, the meeting place for civil rights activists in Birmingham during the 1950s. Graduating from A.H. Parker High School in Birmingham, he received his B.A. degree in secondary education from Alabama A&M University in 1964. Rooberson earned his M.A. degree in education leadership in 1986 from the University of Alabama, and his J.D. degree from Faith College in Alabama. He spearheaded sit-ins to desegregate Birmingham restaurants. Roberson worked as an educator and administrator for the Alabama School System for nearly thirty years before joining the Ford Motor Company's Minority Dealer Development Program. In 1993, he became the first African American to own a Pontiac dealership, before becoming owner of USA Auto and Budget Truck Rental Store. He retired in 2003.
Performers
Denise Gines, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
155 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with James Roberson
James Roberson
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Birmingham, Alabama 2007 March 21.
Description
1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 34 min., 35 sec.)) : sound, color
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