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Reverend Frank Williams interview


Frank Leviticus Williams (1915-2004) was a Methodist minister and civil rights activist who served as chairman of the Ministerial Alliance Conference. In this oral history interview, Williams reflects on how he became involved with the civil rights movement, and discusses his thoughts on freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and politician Theodore R. McKeldin. Williams speaks about the 1967 riots in Cambridge, Maryland, the role of the Urban League, and the Ministerial Alliance. He further discusses the Civic Interest Group and Black United Front, and remembers Phillip Randolph, a labor movement and civil rights leader.




Contributor(s) Notes

Narrator: Reverend Frank Williams
Interviewer: Michael Louis

Production Note

The McKeldin-Jackson Project was an effort to examine the Maryland civil rights movement of the mid-20th century through the medium of oral history by focusing on the roles played by pioneering freedom fighter Lillie May Carroll Jackson and Theodore R. McKeldin, who was Mayor of Baltimore (1943-1947, 1963-1967), Governor of Maryland (1951-1959), and an advocate for civil rights. The project was sponsored by the Maryland Historical Society and was supported in part by a grant from the Maryland Committee for the Humanities and Public Policy.


Object ID

OH 8129


Audio: 60 minutes
Transcript: 24 pages

Catalog Number

OH 8129

Resource ID


Digital Publisher

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