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South Carolina Political Collections supports the study of contemporary government and society by collecting and making available archival materials and oral histories documenting South Carolina government and political activities at the local, state, and national levels, primarily since World War II, and by providing relevant programming for scholars, students, and the public.

Our collections include manuscripts, electronic records, and audiovisual materials documenting the activities of South Carolina’s leaders in Congress and the General Assembly, the state’s political parties, and other individuals and organizations playing substantive roles in politics and government.

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Williams, Isaac W. "Ike" (1945-2008)

Oral History Transcript

Ike Williams (1945-2008), former NAACP field director and aide to Congressman James Clyburn discusses his relationship with Matthew Perry and his experiences as a Civil Rights leader in South Carolina during the 1950s and 1960s.  He also addresses the role of Civil Rights organizations such as the NAACP, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Black Action Coordinating Council (BACC).