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Title: Robert Atkins, 2007
Contributor: Atkins, Robert
Davis, Francesca
Smith, Tiffani
Keywords: Oral history;Interviews;Civil rights;Religion;Memphis (Tenn.);Crossroads to Freedom;Education;Segregation;Race relations
Issue Date: 9-Jul-2007
Publisher: Rhodes College
Description: This is an interview with Robert Atkins, who was the Director of Religious Education at St. Augustine Catholic Church, one of the two historically African American parishes in the Diocese of Memphis. A graduate of Father Bertrand High School, which is now known at St. Augustine, Deacon Atkins explains his experiences of being not only African American but also Catholic in a segregated society. As a life long Memphian who grew up in the LeMoyne Gardens neighborhood, he explains the effects of segregation on his spirituality and his outlook on society. In addition, during the push for civil rights, Deacon Atkins attended Xavier University in Louisiana and participated in various marches and sit-ins.
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Appears in Collections:Crossroads to Freedom Oral History Collection

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