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Reverend Raleigh Trammell

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
To Serve This Present Age; My Calling To Fulfill.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1936
Birth Location:
Grantville, Georgia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Civil Rights Activist
Pastor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
To Serve This Present Age; My Calling To Fulfill.

Birthplace

Born:
12/30/1936
Birth Location:
Grantville
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Biography

Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) national board chairman, Reverend Raleigh Trammell was born on December 30, 1936, in Grantville, Georgia. His father, Walter Trammell, worked in a cotton mill and his mother, Thomasina Smith Trammell, was a homemaker who ardently preached to him the benefits of education. Trammell attended segregated Grantville School all twelve years, graduating in 1955. He went on to attend Clarke University, then known as Clarke College, where he was influenced by Reverend Dr. William Holmes Borders of Wheat Street Baptist Church and Dr. C. Eric Lincoln, founder of the Black Academy of Arts and Sciences. When he graduated in 1959, Trammell was an ordained minister and was well-seasoned in civil rights doctrine.

Trammell met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and joined the SCLC in 1960. In 1963, he participated in the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama, Albany, Georgia and the March on Washington. Trammell also participated in the march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965, promoting voting rights for African Americans. After the assassination of Dr. King in 1968, Trammell played a major role in the Poor People’s Campaign. He later moved to Dayton, Ohio, joining his parents and siblings as residents and was hired as pastor of Central Missionary Baptist Church. In 1966, he started working for the Montgomery County Welfare Department as deputy director. Then in 1983, Trammell was elected president of the Dayton chapter of the SCLC. Working closely with Andrew Young, Trammell rose to vice chair of the SCLC in 1996 and chairman of the national board in 2004.

Trammell was the first non-union recipient of the AFL-CIO Community Award in 1991. He received the Outstanding Service Award from the NAACP in 1995, the 1996 IBPOE of W Award in 1996 and was inducted into Selma, Alabama’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2005, Trammell garnered the Humanitarian Award from the State of Alabama, and in 2006, he received the Doug Couttee Award. Trammell lives in Dayton, Ohio where he has organized an annual march of 10,000 people to commemorate the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is the country’s largest march. Trammell and his wife, Ann, have two daughters, Angela and Cheryl.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell talks about segregation in Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his parents' personalities and his likeness to his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell talks about his role as the seventh son
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his childhood home, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his childhood home, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers the Greater Jehovah Baptist Church in Grantville, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the Grantville School in Grantville, Georgia, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers playing basketball
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the Grantville School in Grantville, Georgia, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers his aspiration to join the ministry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell talks about singing in the choir
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls funding his studies at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers Benjamin E. Mays
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers his professors and peers at Clark College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the 92nd Division in World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his studies at Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls the early Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the philosophy of nonviolence
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers the Montgomery Bus Boycott
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers his early civil rights activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers his move to Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the civic organizations in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls his activism with the Dayton Organization
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers the March on Washington, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers the March on Washington, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls the press coverage of the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls protesting against the Rike-Kumler Company
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls his involvement with the SCLC
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell remembers Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the Central Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the racial discrimination in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls the City of Dayton's black elected officials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls his arrest
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell recalls his presidency of the SCLC chapter in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Dayton, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his roles with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the importance of civil rights organizations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell talks about gun violence
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes the changes in the SCLC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell describes his family and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Reverend Raleigh Trammell narrates his photographs, pt. 2