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NewsSpring 2009

Library helps make Robert Penn Warren interviews accessible via Internet

Robert Penn Warren during his Vanderbilt years

Robert Penn Warren during his Vanderbilt years

For the first time, anyone with Internet access is able to hear tapes of Robert Penn Warren’s 1964 interviews with prominent Civil Rights activists like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and the Rev. James Lawson. The interviews were conducted for Warren’s book Who Speaks for the Negro?, and the project was made possible through the cooperative efforts of the Vanderbilt, Yale and University of Kentucky libraries. The digitized audio as well as transcripts for most of the interviews can be found online.

photo credit: special collections


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