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BCRI Oral History- An Interview with Colonel Stone Johnson

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This podcast is part of the series: BCRI Oral History


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


Birmingham Civil Rights Institute


Born in the Black Belt town of Hayneville in Lowndes County, Alabama, Colonel Stone Johnson moved to Birmingham at the age of four with his parents, a homemaker and a college-educated cement finisher.   After graduating from Parker High School, Johnson became a truck driver for Hormel Packing Company.  It was then, in the 1940s, that Johnson became actively involved in union organizing.  This period also marked the beginning of his civil rights movement activism, for Johnson saw much discrepancy between the treatment and pay of Black workers and that of Whites. 
Listen to Colonel Johnson explain his reasons for getting involved in the Civil Rights Movement.

Length: 02:15

Content Areas: Social Studies

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

[SS2010] US11 (11) 14: Trace events of the modern Civil Rights Movement from post-World War II to 1970 that resulted in social and economic changes, including the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School, the March on Washington, Freedom Rides, the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing, and the Selma-to-Montgomery March. (Alabama) [A.1.c., A.1.d., A.1.f., A.1.i., A.1.j., A.1.k.]


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