Published on June 14, 2017  

Elizabeth-Sloan-Ragland“I was not greeted by hecklers. I was greeted by Martha Ann Cox.”



Elizabeth Ragland introduces her story, and talks about her time before Samford and Civil Rights.
Play Segment

Growing up in Birmingham; Civil Rights and Coming to Samford University

Ragland talks about her early life in Birmingham and the people who influenced her decision to come to Samford University.
Play Segment

Arriving at Samford

Ragland talks about her first experience at Samford University.
Play Segment

Activities on Campus; Motivation and Community Support.

Ragland talks about her activities at Samford, as well as what motivated her at school.
Play Segment

The Changes that have been Made

Ragland discusses what she sees as changes that have been made in the lives of African American students at Samford since her time as a student.
Play Segment

Triumph and Tragedy; Shared Experiences

Ragland talks about how triumph and tragedy has shaped her life, and how such events create shared experiences between people.
Play Segment

Education should be Transformative

Ragland explains why education is a transformative experience based on the new ideas that people are exposed to.
Play Segment

"I'm just glad that I'm here."

Ragland talks about the lasting impression that Samford has on her and others.
Play Segment

Closing Remarks

Ragland talks about working together to make a difference is how people can continue to causes change.
Play Segment


Audio Information
RepositorySamford University Oral History Collection
CollectionSTORI Collection