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UVa. library streaming civil rights project online

Thursday - 2/16/2012, 12:24pm  ET

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - An oral history project that tells the legal story around the civil rights struggle is now available online.

The University of Virginia Library says it is streaming The William Elwood Civil Rights Lawyers Project on its website.

The decade-long project restored more than 85 interviews with prominent civil rights lawyers and others.

The library decided to restore the tapes from the interviews in the early 2000s in order to preserve and digitize them to be used as primary source material for students, scholars and even documentarians.

Among the interviews is one from 1985 with civil rights leader and former Howard University president James M. Nabrit. The former NAACP lawyer worked with Thurgood Marshall and others to fight segregation.


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