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          Guest For THURSDAY May 14, 2009




                                  SHEILA MICHAELS








                Originator of the Honorific MS.




                 Early Southern Civil Rights Activist




                              Biblical Scholar




                               Oral Historian                             


The program can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the you tube link below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkFrOh4HAEg - SHEILA MICHAELS





Sheila Michaels
(AKA Kessler, Shiki y Michaels)

CORE 1961-1963, SNCC 1962-1964
Current Residence: St. Louis MO & Manhattan NY

CORE, 1961-1963. NYC, Mississippi, east coast.
SNCC, 1962-1964. Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee

I have an oral history in the Mississippi State files of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

In 1961, I created the honorific title "Ms.", from what I thought was a typo in an address plate sent by "News & Letters". Someone in Detroit must have known of the shorthand "Ms." for someone whose marital status was unknown. I was looking for a title for a woman who did not "belong" to a man. I struggled to put the idea forth for over a decade, until it was picked up by Gloria Steinem & attributed to "anonymous": but I am grateful that my idea & cause gained circulation. For more information see: Missing piece of puzzle in story of 'Ms.'.

For two years I have been conducting oral histories with members of CORE; but the project has been enlarged to include SNCC & WRL people as there is so much overlap. I want this to be a record of those who really did the work, especially those who did not get wider recognition. The tapes are archived at Columbia & at the Mississippi State's OH archives. Some are on-line or headed there. So far I have 90 interviews, some up to 7 hours long. I began the project at the request of the head of Columbia's OH archives; but they have not sponsored social action projects for more than 20 years, so I am looking for grants for transcriptions. I had originally thought to spend four years on this, but now I see it will last as long as I do. This is another "Movement" project, as far as I am concerned. 


                                     Thursday May 14, 2009

                                 10:30 - 11:30 AM  / (NYC Time)

                 Channel 34 of the Time/Warner & Channel 82 of the RCN 
                       Cable Television Systems in Manhattan, New York.

The Program can now be viewed on the internet at time of cable casting at


                  NOTE: You must adjust viewing to reflect NYC time

                                          & click on channel 34 at site