Interview with Willie Bolden, October 7, 2009

Collection: Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection

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Willie Bolden was born in Sumter, South Carolina on December 7, 1938. and was raised in Savannah, Georgia. He is best known for his work as a civil rights activist. In this interview, Bolden discusses his activity with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), the Poor People’s Campaign, and the Summer Community Organization for Political Education (SCOPE). Specifically, he addresses his work with voter registration drives in Albany, Georgia, the efforts to integrate hotels and restaurants in St. Augustine, Florida, and his role as “wagon master” for the Poor People’s Campaign. Other topics include the events of Bloody Sunday and his relationship with civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hosea Williams.





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Willie Bolden and Bob Short, “Interview with Willie Bolden, October 7, 2009,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed February 26, 2024,