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An Interview With Nelson Thompson
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TitleAn Interview With Nelson Thompson
AbstractInterviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded October 9, 1975. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed under the religion category. Rev. Nelson (Fuzzy) Thompson at the time of the interview was pastor and founder of "We Celebrate Life Church Services" and Director of the Martin Luther King Urban Center. Rev. Thompson was born December 3, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas. In the interview he discusses his work in the local African American community and his views on human rights.
Date1975-10-09
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 52, CD 52 (2 parts)
Local SubjectOral History
Thompson, Nelson (Fuzzy)
African Americans
Ministers
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Rev. Thompson was born December 3, 1944, in Kansas City, Kansas. Rev. Thompson's most significant training has been right here in the Kansas City area having been involved in the Black struggle for liberation and in different programs of this nature. Rev. Thompson has traveled fairly extensively.

He graduated from Central High School, a newly integrated high school, in 1962. The school was integrated in 1955, and in 1962 it was 100% Black. He pursued his education at Tarkio College three years and dropped out. Then he attended Emporia St. Teachers College about a year where he got married to Cheryl Love- "actually that's the reason he dropped out." (laugh) He stayed out a year, then went to Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri for two years and dropped out again. He came back to Kansas City and went to UMKC and took about 6 hours, and then attended Lincoln University again graduating with a B.S.D.

Rev. Thompson taught at Central High School from where he had graduated. While working there, he worked at the Urban Center in the evenings (formally Faith Lutheran Church). It was from this church involvement that he decided to be a minister, so he went to seminary for three years. He has a Doctor of Divinity Degree. In the Black community he says we're to a large degree missing a strong tradition and heritage of achievements. He does not think that there is anybody who influences the minds and shape of Blacks more than their families.

Rev. Thompson became involved in the struggle for human rights in about 1967. He began to understand that his freedom as was only in the freedom of his people. He was then engaged in Black Liberation, not human liberation because he had to come to a Black realization, himself, and get his thoughts together on the Black experience. He had to read Black history. Shortly afterwards he became involved in the ministry.

Rev. Thompson believes the difference in his church and other churches is other churches have a point of view that is espoused by them and their preacher. The goal is to get others to join and believe the same thing. He instructs his people to live a good life and always strive to improve the quality of life for the people, which is the essence of improving your life. The Black church is the only authentic religious experience in human history according to Rev. Thompson. The church has to become involved in politics he says.
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Item ID210270
CONTENTdm number36316
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