Trotter Dammond Preacely, "Peggy" Margaret

Civil Rights Activist





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Title An oral history with "Peggy" Margaret Trotter Dammond Preacely
Date 2014-11-11
OH ID OH 5477
Citation "Peggy" Margaret Trotter Dammond Preacely interviewed by Angela Salter, November 11, 2014, Long Beach, California, Oral History #5477, 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 Activism
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Discrimination, Racism, & Segregation
Community Organizations → Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER L.A.)
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s)
African American
African American → Community/Communities
Activism → Education Activism
African American → Organizations → National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
African American → Publications → The Boston Guardian
African American → Organizations → Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
Direct Action → Marches → March on Washington
Student Activism → Sit-ins
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s) → Freedom songs
African American → Organizations → African American Network for Violence Free Relationships
Colleges → California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)
African American → Publications → The Boston Guardian
African American → Organizations → Urban League
African American → People → Ella Baker
African American → People → Martin Luther King, Jr.
Health, Medicine, and Awareness → Public Health
Activism → Anti-War Activism
Activism → Sex & Human Trafficking
African American → Events → Civil Rights Movement (1960s) → Freedom Summer (1964)
Leadership → Leadership Style
Community Organizations → Feminist Majority Foundation
Gender and Sexuality → Feminism
Leadership → Female versus Male Leadership
Activism → Advice on getting involved


An oral history with Peggy Preacely for The Women, Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage Project sponsored by California State University, Fullerton. Peggy Preacely was a civil rights activist in the south and northeast during the 1960s -1970s and in California into the present day. The purpose of this interview was to understand how women define their political activism. Specifically, this interview talks about Preacely’s upbringing in Pittsburg and Harlem; describes her family’s history of activism, including her parents and great uncle, William Monroe Trotter; recalls her educational background and studies at Hunter College, Boston University, Simmons College, Berkley College of Music; talks about her personal involvement in the Civil Rights Movement including: sit-ins, freedom rides in Crisfield, Maryland, North Carolina and the Mississippi Freedom Summer; describes her involvement with SNCC and what it was like to attend their workshops; discusses her work with improving voter literacy in Lee County, Georgia; reminisces about her ancestors: William and Ellen Craft; talks about her involvement with the Anti-War movement and trip to the Soviet Union with Women Strike for Peace; describes being involved with the Anti-Draft Movement in Boston, MA; describes her contribution to the book Hands on the Freedom Plow; explains why she joined Black Women Organized for Action in San Francisco; recalls meeting her husband and how she balanced her roles as activist and wife; shares about current social involvement including involvement with the African American Network for Violence Free Relationships/Interval House and work to combat human trafficking; explains why it’s important to preserve black history; discusses her work with the Black Women’s Health Project in Los Angeles; compares leadership styles between men and women; explains why it’s important for women to be involved in activism; shares advice she gives to young people; talks about how her faith affects her activism; and finally, reflects on her life as an activist.


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