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Lynne Cleverdon - Civil Rights Stories

Lynne Cleverdon, and her husband David both participated in the Mississippi Freedom Summer, an effort in 1964 to register that state's disenfranchised African-American population. They returned to Chicago, Illinois in late 1964, and over the next several years both became involved in Democratic politics, including a stint working for Congressman Abner Mikva, and culminating in David's involvement with Dan Walker's campaign for Governor in 1972. Lynne also taught elementary school for a time on the south side of Chicago.

Interview Links

A Winner Walkin' Home: The Ballad of Dan Walker

A ballad written and sung by Stan Hitchcock in 1972

Feature Excerpt

JFK Assassination

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Cleverdon's early life, education and marriage.

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer

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Kim Blackwell (holding Guv’s leash) advancing her first event for Governor Thompson in May 1977, a Khoury League baseball game in Springfield.

Where:

Springfield, IL

When:

May 1977

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Gov. Jim Thompson and his wife, Jayne Carr Thompson, in September 1977 during his first year as governor.

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Unknown

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September 1977

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Governor Thompson frequently used the executive mansion to entertain his staff and thank them for their work. This is an invitation to the staff Christmas party in 1978.

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Unknown

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1978

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Powered by caffeine, the narrator staffs the Midwestern Governor’s Conference, August 24–26, 1980.

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Unknown

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August 24-26, 1980

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Narrator’s photo

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Jayne Thompson, Samantha Thompson, and Kim Blackwell at a parade in Beardstown, Illinois, September 27, 1980.

Where:

Beardstown, IL

When:

September 27, 1980

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kim worked on Ronald Reagan’s last campaign stop in 1980, a rally held on 3 November in Peoria, Illinois. L-R: Comedian Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush.

Where:

Peoria, IL

When:

November 3, 1980

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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During the Peoria rally, a New York Times photographer snapped this picture of Kim Blackwell between George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. She endured some ribbing from the staff for her sudden national prominence over Governor Thompson.

Where:

Peoria, IL

When:

November 3, 1980

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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In July 1980, several Thompson staffers decided to take a recreational vehicle to the Republican National Convention in Detroit. From L-R are Greg Baise, Gary Starkman, Julian D’Esposito, and an unidentified man passing the time with a card game.

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Unknown

When:

July 1980

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Narrator’s photo

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Asst. press secretary Jim Williams, Thompson’s advance man Jim Skilbeck, and speechwriter Paul Simmons. Simmons penned, “Are you better off today than you were four years ago?” for Gov. Thompson, but he let Reagan use it as his 1980 campaign slogan.

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Unknown

When:

July 1980

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Narrator’s photo

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Kim Blackwell’s pass to the 1980 Republican National Convention held in Detroit in July, 1980.

Where:

Detroit, MI

When:

July 1980

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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Kim Blackwell, Governor Thompson, and patronage chief Greg Baise as they appeared in a Jacksonville Journal Courier article on June 14, 1981.

Where:

Jacksonville, IL

When:

June 14, 1981

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May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator.

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Governor Thompson personalized this photo of himself and Kim Blackwell Fox with this sentiment in 1987. “For Kim—one of the world’s great ladies and friend

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Unknown

When:

1987

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Narrator’s photo

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Kim Fox and Governor Thompson at the annual meeting of the National Governors Association, which was held in Chicago in 1989. Blackwell spent two years planning this event.

Where:

Chicago, IL

When:

1989

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Narrator’s photo

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September 29, 1995: Photo from the 20th Reunion of the Thompson administration, which Fox helped plan. From left to right are Kim Blackwell Fox, Patricia Hurley, Governor Thompson, Jayne Thompson, Sharon Sharp and Kathy Kustra.

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Unknown

When:

September 29, 1995

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Narrator’s photo

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