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This interview is one of series conducted concerning the Oral History of Appalachia. At the time of the interview, Mr. Thomas was president of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and the topic of this interview is the Civil Rights Movement. He discusses: his education; his employment history (including working at Allied Corporation and as Housing Director for the City of Huntington); racism he faced; organizations such as the NAACP; Douglass High School; the desegregation of schools; economics and businesses run by African-Americans; government programs; restaurants; black/ white relations; churches; cross burning and the Ku Klux Klan; being married to a white woman; and other topics.
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-545.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-545, Huntington, WV.