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|Size||232 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 20,000 items)|
|Abstract||Si Kahn (1944- ) is a folk singer and songwriter, community and labor organizer, civil rights and social justice activist, and the founder and retired executive director of Grassroots Leadership, a nonprofit organization which advocates for the rights of prisoners and immigrant detainees. The collection contains correspondence; songbooks and song sheets with original lyrics; organizational records for Grassroots Leadership and Citizen Action, Inc.; printed items and publications; name and subject files; newspaper clippings; t-shirts, pin back buttons, and posters; and audio and video recordings. Organizational records include memoranda, meeting minutes, reports, manuals, contracts, financial documents, and bylaws for Citizen Action, Inc. Audio and video recordings are chiefly of interviews and musical performances. Organizations represented in the collection include Jewish Fund for Justice, Youth Project, Forest Service, Save Our Cumberland Mountains, United Mine Workers of America, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, and AFL-CIO. Materials reflect Kahn's musical career and his work and interests in student activism, unionism, community organizing, voting rights, health and safety of textile workers and coal miners, and environmental justice. Union materials document his work on the 1970s campaign to organize in J.P. Stevens textile plants across the South and the 1973 Brookside coal miners' strike in Harlan County, Ky. Acquired as part of the Southern Folklife Collection.|
This summary description was created in March 2018 to provide information about unprocessed materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.
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