Parker talks about the African-American voting experience in the early 1960's (6:02)
@ Georgia State University
DescriptionEva Mae Parker was born in 1919 in Pearson, Georgia. When she was twenty-four years old, Parker moved with her husband to Connecticut where she worked in an airplane factory making nuts and bolts during the Second World War. Beginning in 1972, Parker worked as a sales representative with AAA in Atlanta and as such, was able to travel around the world. Parker became involved in the ERA campaign through workshops at local churches. Prior to her involvement in the Women's Movement, Parker was also active in the Civil Rights Movement, fighting for voters' rights. She became involved with the People of Faith for ERA and later worked as a liaison between the State Department and the United Methodist Women Organization. After the defeat of the ERA, Parker remained interested in women's issues.Parker begins by recounting her childhood in rural South Georgia. She describes life in a poor black family, without consistent access to education. Parker states that the Methodist Church was a very powerful influence in her life, and that it was in fact the Methodist Church which led her to her work in the ERA: Supportive of the Equal Rights Amendment, the church sent her to a number of ERA-related workshops. Parker speaks about her interests in the Civil Rights Movement and Gay Rights, and she recalls an incident during the early 1960s when she successfully demanded that black voters be allowed to vote in the same place as white voters, rather than behind the courthouse, as had...
Paulk, Janet, 1932
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