Dr. Grady Powell

In this interview, Dr. Grady Powell discusses his civil rights activism, including testing intrastate/interstate bus travel in Emporia, Virginia, participating in the Selma to Montgomery March, and allowing his daughters to desegregate public schools in Petersburg, VA. Powell discusses his close relationships and friendships with prominent civil rights activists and leaders including Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor, Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, Henry L. Marsh, and Constance Baker Motley. Years prior to becoming the pastor of Gillfield Baptist Church in Petersburg, Dr. Powell served as an elementary school teacher. He discusses his pedagogical strategies, as well as the teachers who influenced his teaching, pastoring, and activism.

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Virginia
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