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Alvin Rudy Thomas

Gender: Male

Ethnicity: African-American

Biographical/Historical note:

Alvin Rudy Thomas was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, on August 10, 1946. He graduated from Dudley High School in 1963 and then attended North Carolina A&T State University, from which he graduated in 1969.

While at Dudley, Thomas became involved with the local chapter of CORE. He took part in the picketing and sit-ins at local stores and restaurants, and was arrested several times for his participation in these events. Thomas served as chair of the local chapter of CORE in the mid-1960s.

After graduation from A&T, Thomas moved to New Jersey and attended Rutgers University. He graduated with the first master’s degree in labor education offered by that institution. Thomas became education coordinator for the A. Philip Randolph Institute. He later moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where he continued in the field of labor education.

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Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Alvin Thomas by Eugene Pfaff
Date: August 12, 1982
By: Alvin Rudy Thomas
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a August 12, 1982, oral history interview conducted by Eugene Pfaff with Alvin Thomas, Thomas provides insight into the workings of the local CORE chapter and details of the g...