A Champion for Civil Rights in Akron, Ohio

Thomas M. Sistrunk Jr.
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After serving in the Army in the 1940s, Mr. Thomas Sistrunk, Jr. became a barber in Akron, Ohio and was a civil rights leader in that city. In 1963, he participated in the March on Washington. As outreach, he trained many ex-convicts to be barbers, and helped them get a new start. Throughout his life, he was also an author and poet who wrote several civil rights-themed poems, some of which were included in an anthology. In this interview, he talks about his experiences in the Army, as a barber, and as a civil rights leader in Akron, Ohio.

VIDEO DETAILS

topics African American Military Experience Civil Rights Diversity
interviewer Rick Black
date 10 July 2015

BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

name Thomas M. Sistrunk Jr.
service Armor
unit Company B, 758th Tank Battalion
service dates 1946 1949
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