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Nettie Hailes interview, 2020-09-07

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc029_04.wav

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D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2020-09-07


Biographical / Historical

Ms. Nettie Hailes was born in Thomasville, Georgia. She grew up in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and was raised with her brother and sister. She married and supported her husband whose civil rights work led the family to Washington, D.C., to work for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the March on Washington. She is a Legacy Life member of National Council of Negro Women, a member of the Washington Section and a member of the Greater Metropolitan Life Members Guild. Ms. Nettie Hailes has a longstanding history of community involvement with National Council of Negro Women and other organizations and served as president of the Washington section 1997-1999, and in other roles within the organization. She has been featured in the media (TV and newspapers) for her civil rights advocacy.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes

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Ms. Nettie Hailes reflects on her life, the influences of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, President Emerita of National Council of Negro Women, and the legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune, Founder of National Council of Negro Women. She acknowledges the strong support that she received during her term in office and eagerly supports the leadership of youth and those who would follow. She is optimistic about the future and the collective strength of the section and organization. She appeals for youth to step up and assume their role to lead and improve life for the next generation.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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