Martin Jackson



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This interview was conducted by Martin Jackson with Gloria Mobley Brown as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Mrs. Brown, 89, discusses her experiences as a Black student and educator, particularly during the segregated and civil rights eras. She sheds lights on the role of African American women in the Civil Rights Movement, notably her own participation in marches in her hometown of Rock Hill. Brown also reflects on issues such as racism and race relations spanning from her childhood in the segregated South to her later years amid the Black Lives Matter movement. She concludes by noting the importance of education to the African American community.

Gloria Jean Mobley Brown (1932-2023) was a native of Rock Hill and longtime educator in both Rock Hill and York School Districts. A 1950 graduate of Emmett Scott High School, Brown went on to earn degrees from S.C. State College (B.S., 1954) and Winthrop College (M.A.T., 1975). After 34 years of teaching, she retired in 1992 from Harold C. Johnson Elementary School in York, S.C. Brown was also a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.).”

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OH 780






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2020, Black Women, Civil Rights Movement, Race, Race Relations, Black Lives Matter, Education, Rock Hill


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Interview with Gloria Mobley Brown