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The Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series consists of forty transcripts of oral history interviews done with a variety of people across Cobb County. The purpose of the project is to collect personal experiences of people with the Cobb County Branch and its predecessor, the Marietta Branch, of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Civil Rights movement in Cobb County, Georgia. The series was conceived as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2009. It was a joint effort between Dr. Scott’s HIST 4425 (Oral History) undergraduate class at Kennesaw State University and the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Students met with and interviewed subjects. Click on the "Rare MLK European Footage" link under "Learn More" to see a 1962 Belgium interview with Dr. Martin Luther King.


Copies of the interview transcripts and the original complete audio recordings have been placed on deposit in the Kennesaw State University Department of Archives, Special Collections, and Records Management and the Georgia Room of the Central Library and the Hattie G. Wilson Library of the Cobb County Public Library System, in addition to other locations. The interviews are available in bound and digital pdf/a formats. Please contact the KSU Department of Archives for the complete audio interviews. Use Restrictions: To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management. The photo is from the Kennesaw State University Dept. of Archives, Special Collections, & Records Management.

Oral History of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP and Civil Rights Activities in Cobb County, Georgia (audio excerpts) Kennesaw State University

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The Cobb NAACP/Civil Rights Series consists of forty transcripts of oral history interviews done with a variety of people across Cobb County. The purpose of the project is to collect personal experiences of people with the Cobb County Branch and its predecessor, the Marietta Branch, of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), as well as the Civil Rights movement in Cobb County, Georgia. The series was conceived as part of the 100th anniversary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in 2009. It was a joint effort between Dr. Scott’s HIST 4425 (Oral History) undergraduate class at Kennesaw State University and the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Students met with and interviewed subjects. Click on the "Rare MLK European Footage" link under "Learn More" to see a 1962 Belgium interview with Dr. Martin Luther King.


Copies of the interview transcripts and the original complete audio recordings have been placed on deposit in the Kennesaw State University Department of Archives, Special Collections, and Records Management and the Georgia Room of the Central Library and the Hattie G. Wilson Library of the Cobb County Public Library System, in addition to other locations. The interviews are available in bound and digital pdf/a formats. Please contact the KSU Department of Archives for the complete audio interviews. Use Restrictions: To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management. The photo is from the Kennesaw State University Dept. of Archives, Special Collections, & Records Management.

    Interview with Deputy Sheriff Rhonda Anderson (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Deputy Sheriff Rhonda Anderson (audio excerpt)

    Rhonda Anderson was born in Cobb County, Georgia. She attended Lemon Street Elementary School and graduated from Marietta High School in 1977. Sgt. Anderson graduated from the University of West Georgia with a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice before joining the Cobb County Sheriff's Office in 1983. She was the first African American woman to be hired by the sheriff's office. From 1989 to 2000, Sgt. Anderson worked as a probation office for Cobb County, returning to the Sheriff's Office in 2000. She attends Turner Chapel A.M.E. Church in Marietta, Georgia. Her grandfather, John Henrey Williams, founded the Gem City Cab Company in Cobb County. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03020
    Rights:To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

    • 19 min
    Interview with Judge James Bodiford (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Judge James Bodiford (audio excerpt)

    James G. Bodiford moved to Powder Springs, Georgia, at the age of 5, when his father accepted a position with the Lockheed-Georgia Company in 1954. He attended Powder McEachern High School and graduated from Gordon Military High School in Barnesville, Georgia. Bodiford received a Bachelor's degree from Mercer University and a J.D. from John Marshall Law School. He went into private practice in Marietta, Georgia, and worked as a trial lawyer for the Cobb County District Attorney's Office. Judge Bodiford served on the Powder Springs Municipal Court before accepting an appointment as Cobb County Chief Magistrate Judge, which he held from 1985 to 1994. He was elected to the Cobb County Superior Court in 1994 and served as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2006. Judge Bodiford appointed Vicki Trammell Cuthbert to the Cobb County Magistrate Court in 1988, where she served as the court's first African American judge. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03037
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    • 41 min
    Interview with Deane Thompson Bonner (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Deane Thompson Bonner (audio excerpt)

    Deane Bonner has served as the President of the Cobb County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) since 1997. She has also held numerous leadership positions within the branch. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03001
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    • 17 min
    Interview with Thomas Carter (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Thomas Carter (audio excerpt)

    Thomas R. Carter was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and attended Melrose High School in the Orange Mound community. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1957, learning to operate electronic accounting machines (EAM). He was the first African American to attend the IBM Corporation school in Miami, Florida. In 1962 Carter joined Olin Mathison Chemical Company in New York City and studied programming at the RCA Institute. He was the first African American programmer at Olin Mathison, as well as the U.S. Trust Company. After moving to the IBM Corporation plant in Brooklyn, New York, Carter was transferred to IBM's Mohansic Research Laboratory. He was later assigned to an Atlanta facility and moved to Marietta, Georgia in 1976. Carter retired from IBM in 1988. Shortly after moving to Marietta, Carter met Oscar Freeman, President of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP from 1982 to 1986. Due to Carter's efforts, the Freeman's NAACP office had one of the first personal computers. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03014
    Rights:To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

    • 32 min
    Interview with Mary Ward Cater - interview one (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Mary Ward Cater - interview one (audio excerpt)

    Mary Ward Cater was born in the Scott's Crossing area in Northwest Atlanta and grew up in Mableton, Georgia. Her father was a sharecropper and produce seller and her mother worked at Whittier Cotton Mills. Mrs. Cater attended Washington Street Elementary School in Austell, Georgia, and integrated Lindley Middle School in Mableton, Georgia, in 1969. She attended Pebblebrook High School and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta. Mrs. Cater worked in the mortgage department of Georgia State Bank, later becoming First Union Bank. She has been active in civil rights and community organizations. In 1981 she participated in the reactivation of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Mrs. Cater's home was shot in 1983 as part of a racially motivated attack. She is the sister of Susanne Henry, Gwendolyn Dillard, and Miriam Culver. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03030
    Rights:To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

    • 11 min
    Interview with Mary Ward Cater - interview two (audio excerpt)

    Interview with Mary Ward Cater - interview two (audio excerpt)

    Mary Ward Cater was born in the Scott's Crossing area in Northwest Atlanta and grew up in Mableton, Georgia. Her father was a sharecropper and produce seller and her mother worked at Whittier Cotton Mills. Mrs. Cater attended Washington Street Elementary School in Austell, Georgia, and integrated Lindley Middle School in Mableton, Georgia, in 1969. She attended Pebblebrook High School and graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Atlanta. Mrs. Cater worked in the mortgage department of Georgia State Bank, later becoming First Union Bank. She has been active in civil rights and community organizations. In 1981 she participated in the reactivation of the Cobb County Branch of the NAACP. Mrs. Cater's home was shot in 1983 as part of a racially motivated attack. She is the sister of Susanne Henry, Gwendolyn Dillard, and Miriam Culver. ID:ksu-45-05-001-03030
    Rights:To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast, or distribute this material in any format, you must contact the Archives, Rare Books and Records Management.

    • 7 min

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