Alexandra Township, Black Panther Party, Chicago Freedom Movement, Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa, Church of the Brethren, Johannesburg (South Africa), Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X Junior College, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Prexy Nesbitt, Ronald Reagan, Harold Washington
Political Science | Political Theory | Race and Ethnicity | Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Work, Economy and Organizations
Length: 92 minutes
Oral history interview of Mary Schott Boria by Pamela Birchard
Mary Scott Boria begin by detailing her childhood as the daughter of a divorced, interracial couple in the 1950s. She explains how at the age of 14, she packed a suitcase and joined her mother in Chicago where she participated in the Civil Rights Movement, joining the NAACP and, later, the Black Panther Party while in college. She recalls joining the Chicago Committee in Solidarity with Southern Africa (CCISSA) in the 1980s, working toward the divestment of the Apartheid government, participating in demonstrations, helping put together newsletters, organizing meetings, and hosting South African activists in Chicago. She mentions the Church of the Brethren and the rarity of her church’s chapter as well as their work in the Synapsis organization. She recalls the appearance of Martin Luther King Jr. at a Chicago Freedom Movement. She mentions the role models, such as Harold Rogers and Prexy Nesbitt, who coached her through her activism and those who brought the South Africa government’s actions to her attention. She recaps the workforce of Chicago in the late 70s and the hoops she went through to get and keep a job, while describing the environment of Chicago during that time.
Birchard, Pamela. "Interview with Mary Scott Bora" (Fall 2009). Oral Histories, Chicago Anti-Apartheid Collection, College Archives & Special Collections, Columbia College Chicago. http://digitalcommons.colum.edu/cadc_caam_oralhistories/23
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