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Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr.

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Time Is Not On Our Side Unless We Grasp It. Tradition Is Not On Our Side Unless We Live And Create It. God Is Not On Our Side Unless We Listen And Obey.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1933
Birth Location:
Birmingham, Alabama

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Quote:
Time Is Not On Our Side Unless We Grasp It. Tradition Is Not On Our Side Unless We Live And Create It. God Is Not On Our Side Unless We Listen And Obey.

Birthplace

Born:
9/13/1933
Birth Location:
Birmingham
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Biography

Civil rights activist and pastor Rev. Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. was born on September 13, 1933, in Birmingham, Alabama to Maggie Rosa Lee Wallace Woods, a homemaker, and Abraham Lincoln Woods, Sr., a plant worker and Baptist minister. Woods entered Parker High School at age twelve, where he discovered and developed a skill for shoe repair, tailoring and a gift for public speaking. He graduated in 1950, with a partial scholarship to Miles College.

Throughout the years, Woods would attend the Universal Baptist Institute, the Universal Baptist Seminary and Birmingham-Easonian Baptist Bible College. He holds a B.S. degree in social science, B.D., B.R.E., M.B.S. and D.D. degrees. Woods, his brother, Reverend. Abraham L. Woods, Jr. and Reverend. Fred L. Shuttleswoth co-founded the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) in 1956. The Woods brothers were introduced to Reverends Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy in 1962, when they began working closely with the ACMHR.

In 1960, at the age of twenty-seven, Woods served as pastor for East End Baptist Church. He was arrested and convicted for advocating boycotts of Birmingham’s segregated city bus system. He was sentenced to prison for six months and fined, becoming the first member of the Woods family to be arrested for their participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Woods continued fighting segregation and was heavily involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and in 1963, Woods was arrested and beaten by the police for his participation in public protests. The same year, Woods joined the March on Washington. In 1965, Woods protested Birmingham’s voter registration procedures under the leadership of Reverend Edward Gardner, and one year later Woods worked as the strategy chairman for the protest of the shootings of five black protesters at a Birmingham supermarket.

In 2006, at the age of seventy-two, Woods succeeded his brother Abraham as President of the Birmingham SCLC, and became president of the New Era Baptist State Convention a year later. Woods is currently the leader of Shiloh Baptist Church and leads a group called the Prayer Intercessors.

Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods Sr. was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on September 7, 2007

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr.'s interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his grandfather, Reverend Callie Denson Wallace
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. comments on the Wallace family name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls his relationship with his mother and his childhood church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. talks about his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls living with his grandmother, Rebenia Frazier
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his grandmother's ministry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls how his parents met and were married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his father's work and his father's calling to preach
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. clarifies his father's family history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes where his parents lived after marrying
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls the sounds, sights and smells of East Thomas, Alabama
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls life during the Great Depression
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers East Thomas and Tuggle Elementary Schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recounts being called to preach in the seventh grade
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes himself as a child and his neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. talks about his extracurricular activities as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his elementary school and Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his experiences at Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers his high school activities and teachers at Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his memories of Parker High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. recalls his years as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his first experience with racism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his decision to attend Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama, and to marry
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his start in the ministry, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. continues describes his start in the ministry, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes being arrested trying to integrate Birmingham buses in 1959
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his introduction to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes teaching at the Urban Training Center for Christian Mission
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the 1963 Birmingham riots
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers Colonel Stone Johnson, Joe Hendricks, and the Freedom Riders
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his children's and HistoryMkaer James Bevel's involvement in the 1963 Birmingham riots
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers the political and social environment in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers confrontations with the Ku Klux Klan
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. talks about the Southern Christian Leadership Conference's Project C and the 1963 March on Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes picketing the Liberty Supermarket, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes picketing the Liberty Supermarket, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes integration efforts in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the Civil Rights Movement after Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the revival of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the revival of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes his college degrees
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the churches that he pastored, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. describes the churches that he pastored, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Reverend Calvin Wallace Woods, Sr. expresses his concern for the African American community