Michael Roberts, Interview by Blake Scott, 1 October 2016

Title

Michael Roberts, Interview by Blake Scott, 1 October 2016

Description

Michael Roberts was one of the first participants of Occupy Charleston in the year 2011. At that time, Roberts had lost his job in the recession and was living with his wife, Kathleen Ellen Roberts, on a sailboat. In the interview, he remembers how Occupy Charleston came to life: a Facebook page, a meeting at Kudu, a coffee shop in downtown Charleston where six people discussed actions, and the first big gathering at the Gage Hall. He describes the occupation at Brittlebank Park and at Marion Square that ended when the Charleston police arrested several activists. After the arrests, he explains, the meetings moved to the ILA Hall and then each group that had converged at Occupy refocused on their own projects. Roberts reflects on Occupy Charleston lessons and contributions to change. In the second part of the interview, Robert’s wife joins the conversation, providing her own insights. At the end, Roberts discusses his military experiences, his current job, and online activism. 

Source

Grassroots Politics and Protest in Contemporary Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

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Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1993

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Scott, Blake C., 1983-

Interviewee

Roberts, Michael, 1967

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Original Format

Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are WAV files.

Duration

1 hour, 5 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Michael Roberts, Interview by Blake Scott, 1 October 2016,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1993.