Brown Oral History 20141106 Annie Pearl Interview.mp3

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Discussing growing up in Birmingham (partially) then moved to Pittsburgh for a while then back to Birmingham at 14yrs old (late 50s) and the trauma from that. Discussed the turmoil/racial unrest in the south that surrounded the late 50s, how she got involved in the movement, she heard about the freedom riders she bought a ticket from Birmingham to Montgomery, met Wilson Brown at the Greyhound station, Wilson brown explained nonviolence and she decided she didn't want to do it so she got a refund on her ticket, Wilson invited her to a SNCC meeting in Atlanta, she went to the meeting with Nathaniel Lee and Wilson Brown. At the meeting she met Julian, Reggie, Bob Mants, Diane Nash, Anne and Carl Braden, Bob Zellner & Ella Baker. Discussed Marietta GA incident and almost getting killed on the way back to Birmingham. Attempting to meet Rev Shuttlesworth in Birmingham and the white girl was with them and they asked for directions in Marietta and people spotted them and had them followed by police. Wilson is in jail, Annie and the white girl started looking for black people, they went back to the bus station, bought tickets back to Atlanta, Nathaniel had a number and he called the SNCC office. The Associated Press started calling after Nathaniel called the SNCC office in Atlanta and asked if they were alright. A mob had gathered and they were beating on the seats. Howard Moore (attorney), Julian and someone else in a black car and they lead them back to Atlanta, Forman suggested they stay in Atlanta the night then went to Rev Shuttlesworth house (Birmingham), After this, Annie begins going to the mass meetings. Rev Shuttlesworth, Pfeiffer, Willis, Billups and Oliver part of the movement in Birmingham. Went to the second Atlanta conference, then she went down to Albany GA to demonstrate on Bob's request, she was arrested for the first time there. Participated in sit ins in Birmingham, Gaston, AL, Discussed what did family/friends think about her involvement in movement (appeared happy), thought it was dangerous, discussed the different places she worked in the movement on and thoughts on guns.

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