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Transcript of oral history interview, 17 October 2013.
Interviewed by Kieran Taylor, from The Citadel's Oral History Initiative.
Language: This interview is in English.
Transcript: 31 p.
Final copy prepared November 2017.

Civil rights activist and educator Dr. Luther Seabrook was born in Charleston, South Carolina on December 5, 1928. He lived in downtown Charleston until his teen years, when his parents enrolled him at Lincoln Academy, a boarding school for black children in North Carolina. After finishing high school, he went to undergraduate school in West Virginia, obtained a master’s degree in education at Columbia University, and later earned a doctorate in education administration from the University of Massachusetts. In his interview, Seabrook remembers his experiences with the civil rights movement in the 1960s. He explains that, after facing the pervasiveness of racism and discrimination at Columbia University and among officials in New York City, he joined the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) to enact changes, working mostly on the housing and education initiatives. In the summer of 1964, after three civil rights activists disappeared, he volunteered to go to Mississippi to collaborate with the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and work with the Freedoms Schools. Leaders in the group sent him to the city of Hattiesburg, where he remained and worked until the end of the summer. He also participated in the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, went to Selma, and marched on Washington. Seabrook lived most of his life in the north and had a very successful career in education. He was a central figure in the development of the New York and Boston school systems, serving as both a principal and a superintendent. For his work, he received numerous accolades and awards from various parties. Seabrook returned to South Carolina and worked at the State Department of Education with Dr. Barbara Nielsen in the 1990s.

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