About the Collection

This collection consists of photographs and an oral history.  Nelson Malden collected images reflecting the civil rights movement in Montgomery.   The photographs include images of Dr. King, Alabama State University student protests, and other civil rights figures and episodes.  Malden also sat for a sound recording where he tells the story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the Freedom Rides, student protests, and activities associated with the Selma to Montgomery March.  Malden talks about the life of the Southern Courier newspaper, 1967-1968.  According to Malden this paper was initially awarded a $250,000 grant from the Ford foundation.  The Montgomery newspaper was organized to make sure that the Civil Rights movement was documented.  Malden also tells how Dr. Martin Luther King was unable to use Montgomery segregated public library, and consequently used the library facilities at Alabama State College to work on his dissertation.