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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Civil rights activist and pastor Reverend Samuel "Billy" Kyles was born on September 26, 1934 in Shelby, Mississippi. In 1959, Kyles became founding pastor of Monumental Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. When Memphis sanitation workers went on strike in 1968, Kyles invited Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to speak at a rally. Accompanying King during his visit, Kyles witnessed King's assassination and was one of the people with him during his final hour. Continuing his commitment to the Civil Rights Movement, Kyles served as a founding member of the National Board of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH) and the executive director of Rainbow/PUSH-Memphis. Kyles worked on Reverend Jesse Jackson's 1984 and 1988 presidential campaigns and was a delegate to First African National Congress. He was appointed by the Clinton administration to serve on the Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. Kyles passed away on April 26, 2016 at age 81.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
228 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles
Reverend Samuel Billy Kyles
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2003 February 13.
Description
1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 47 min., 50 sec.)) : sound, color
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