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Working Lives Oral History Project

Interview with H.D. Coke

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In this interview, H.D. Coke discusses his move to Birmingham in 1936 and his earliest impressions of the city. He discusses his years as a local newspaper reporter and his various other careers throughout his lifetime. Coke comments on his involvement in both the labor and Civil Rights movements in the Birmingham area. He also recalls being a witness in the Communist trial for W.E.B. Dubois as well as meeting Eleanor Roosevelt at the 1938 meeting of the Southern Conference for Human Welfare in Birmingham. Coke explains how he dealt with segregation and Jim Crow laws in Alabama. For example, he recalls trying to register to vote in the 1930s and being required to name the Justices of the Supreme Court. He discusses Birmingham's business community, statistics, race relations and politics. He also discusses his involvement in gospel music. He talks about the Harmonettes, the Blinds Boys of Alabama and Inez Andrews, among others.
Coke, H. D.
Kuhn, Cliff
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Physical Description
3 audio cassettes
Physical Description
3 transcripts
United States--Alabama--Jefferson County--Birmingham
Coke, H. D. -- Interviews
Labor unions -- Alabama -- Birmingham
Civil rights movements -- Alabama -- Birmingham
Reporters and reporting -- Alabama -- Birmingham
Gospel music -- Alabama -- Birmingham
Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt), 1868-1963 -- Trials, litigation, etc.
African Americans -- Segregation
United States -- Civilization -- 1970-
Document Types
sound recording-nonmusical


William Stanley Hoole Special Collections Library
Repository Collection
Archive of American Minority Cultures

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The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
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Working Lives Oral History Project

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