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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Priscilla Stephens

Priscilla Stephens

July 1, 1960, KPFA Broadcast, Berkeley, California

(p.123) Priscilla Stephens
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born in August 1938 in Quincy, Florida, Priscilla Stephens was a civil rights activist along with her sister, Patricia. Priscilla and Patricia Stephens’s activism stemmed from an event of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) in Miami during the summer of 1959. On July 1, 1960, Priscilla Stephens delivered a speech that was broadcast over the KPFA radio station in Berkeley, California. This chapter reproduces Stephens’s speech, in which she talked about how she and her sister Patricia established a CORE chapter in Tallahassee, integration in relation to the buses in the city, and the nonviolent protests and demonstrations they organized. She also recounted their experiences as leaders of the sit-in movement in Tallahassee.

Keywords:   speech, Priscilla Stephens, civil rights, activism, Congress on Racial Equality, Tallahassee, integration, buses, sit-in movement, Patricia Stephens

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