Quest for Civil Rights: Eugene A. R. Montgomery

Eugene A. R. Montgomery is interviewed by Dr. Grace Jordan McFadden of the University of S. C. Montgomery describes his childhood, education, and military service in the Marine Corps. He tells of his hiring as field director of state NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People). He recalls the 1948 white primary fight and voting registration efforts. He speaks on the relationship between the NAACP and the "Progressive Democratic Party". Montgomery reviews the Clarendon County school desegregation suit.

Rock Hill integration demonstrations--outtakes

Demonstrators march in front of "Woolworth" store. Protesters carry signs with messages including “This is the land of the free and the home of the brave,” “Segregation is America’s shame,” and “Please be a good American. Don’t buy discrimination here.” This demonstration followed the arrest of the “Friendship Nine” and one other student, all from Friendship Junior College, for attempting to order food at the segregated lunch counter at McCrory’s.

State Democratic Party Convention--outtakes

The 1974 State Democratic Party Convention at Columbia's Township Auditorium. Candidates' supporters outside the Auditorium, including Alex Sanders' Ragtime Band. Inside the Auditorium, South Carolina Governor John West speaks. He says the state cannot afford a Republican Governor. Senator Hubert Humphrey (Minnesota) speaks to the differences between the two political parties. Appearances by congressional candidate Matthew J. Perry and Senator Ernest "Fritz" Hollings. Don Fowler gives an interview, and observes that the "Watergate" scandal is a consideration in this election cycle. Convention activities. Shots of Alex Sanders.

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