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Pitttsburgh Civil Rights Movement: A book and Archive

Organized by: Ralph Proctor

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THE STORY:

I self-published a book called "VOICES FROM the Firing Line: A personal Account of the Pittsburgh Civil Rights Movement". I had to self-publish because even though I hold a PHD from a major university, they did not want to publish the book because I revealed the truth about their past which showed that they, like other non-Black educational institutions, had an ugly past that included many cases of racial discrimination. I though all that was important was the truth and the opportunity to show how much the institution had grown since the 1960's. I was obviously naive. I also found that the university wanted me to write a book for other academicians while I wanted to write for ALL people.
I published a small first run and it met with high approval. I gave away many copies so that people could understand the struggles Blacks and Whites endured in changing Pittsburgh's own apartheid system.
I am seeking funds to publish about one thousand more books and to take the steps necessary to establish a research archive to hold transcribed copies as well as actual copies of the 50 Oral Interviews on which the project is based. I am 76 years old and finished the book in 2013. I am afraid I will die before my promise is kept to make certain the names of all the brave souls who participated in the movement, will be preserved for the future.

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