Knight, Evelyn

Civil Rights Activist





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ID 118
Title An oral history with Evelyn Knight
Date 2014-10-06
OH ID OH 5457
Citation Evelyn Knight interviewed by Angela Salter, October 6, 2014, Long Beach, California, Oral History # 5457, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
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Location Long Beach, CA
Language English
Subjects African American
Family → Family Histories and Traditions
Family → Parents
Religion → Catholicism
Race Relations → Black-White Race Relations
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
Work → Occupations → Teaching
Family → Role Models
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Work → Discrimination at Work
Historic Periods → 1950s
Locations → Long Beach, California
Historic Periods → 1960s
Environmentalism → Air Polution/Air Quality
Leadership → Leadership Style
Ideology → Feminism
Community Organizations → United Farm Workers Union (UFW)
Labor Organizing → Unions → United Farm Workers Union (UFW)
Direct Action → Marches → 1965 March for Voting Rights to Montgomery
African American → People → Martin Luther King, Jr.
Law and Public Policy → Voting Rights Act of 1965
Women in Politics → importance of women's involvement
Activism → Advice on getting involved
African American → Organizations → Long Beach United Civil Rights Committee
African American → Organizations → Long Beach Community Improvement League
Religion → African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME Church)
Locations → Africatown, Alabama


An oral history with Evelyn Knight for the Women, Politics, and Activism since Suffrage Project headed by California State University, Fullerton, and the Center for Oral and Public History. Evelyn Knight was a community organizer and Civil Rights activist in California, from the 1960s to the present. The purpose of this interview was to understand how women define political activism. Specifically, this interview discusses Knight’s early years in Africatown, Alabama; family history; experiences as a college student at St. Louis University; activism in Long Beach, including the Long Beach Improvement League, environmental activism, State of Black Long Beach Project, and the Discover Your Roots Project; participation in a United Farm Workers march, as well as the 1965 March for Voting Rights in Montgomery, Alabama; reflects on her participation in the Los Angeles United Way, People Coordinated Services, Third World Conference on Women, Free Speech Movement, and the Black Panthers; reflects on her community organizing methodology, definition of feminism, women in leadership, how activism has changed over time, and her future projects.


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