Our Voices tells the stories of the local Civil Rights movement through the eyes of those who made an impact

In 1961, a courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders challenged segregation in the American South. From May until November, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives and liberty simply by traveling together on buses and trains through the Deep South.

KACV's production team recently spoke to Amarillo residents about their experiences during the Civil Rights movement. Our Voices tells the stories of the local Civil Rights movement through the eyes of those who made an impact. Click on the images below to hear their stories. Watch KACV, May 16, for the premiere of Freedom Riders.

Helen Neal interview 1 Helen Neal elaborates about the African American community in Amarillo, past and present. Helen Neal interview 2 Helen Neal discusses her experiences as the first African American to graduate from
West Texas State University.
Helen Neal interview 3 Helen Neal remembers arriving and settling in Amarillo.
Claudia Stuart interview 1 Claudia Stuart recalls her college years when Black athletes from WT faced discrimination at
Amarillo bars and clubs.
Claudia Stuart interview 2 Claudia Stuart recalls being an agent for change in dealing with the management at Woolworth's in Amarillo. Claudia Stuart interview 3 Claudia Stuart's reflections about her friend and neighbor Lisa Cherry.
Claudia Stuart interview 4 Claudia Stuart on her arrival to the Texas Panhandle and attending West Texas State University Charles Warford interview 1 Charles Warford talks about public schools in Amarillo before they were integrated. Charles Warford interview 2
Charles Warford describes his vision for the future of Amarillo.
Charles Warford interview 3
Charles Warford talks about leadership in the African American community.
Charles Warford interview4
Charles Warford remembers the day the schools were integrated in Amarillo.
Charles Warford interview5
Charles Warford talks about arriving in Amarillo and the early days of a booming town.
Charles Warford interview 6
Charles, Iris and Jewelle reflect on the positive impact that Carver had on the Black community.

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