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Oral History Video: John Rivers on the fight for social equality and justice in Sarasota

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John Rivers is the former president of the NAACP's Sarasota Branch. He moved to Sarasota from Mobile, Alabama in 1951 in search of work to support his family. Instead, Mr. Rivers found himself in the midst of a struggle for racial equality. In the 1950s and 1960s, Sarasota was plagued with segregation, including the segregation of local beaches. Mr. Rivers took on the challenge of the fight for integration, and became a leader in the Civil Rights Movement in Sarasota. Mr. Rivers acted as a leading force in ensuring that anyone, regardless of race, could enjoy the beauty of Sarasota's beaches. Read the full-length transcript of this interview, conducted by New College of Florida student Kortney Lapeyrolerie, on the Sarasota Water Atlas at http://www.sarasota.wateratlas.usf.edu/.