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Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 11, Q627 - Part 2, Jim Jones interview on KSFO Radio | Special Collections & University Archives

Peoples Temple Collection; Box 18, Virtual Item 11, Q627 - Part 2, Jim Jones interview on KSFO Radio
February 1977

This two-part tape consists of a radio program from February 1977 in which San Francisco station KSFO host Julia Hare interviews two Temple leaders, Jim Jones and Michael Prokes, and a phone call in which Prokes attempts to undo some damage that Jones did to his own political future in the Bay Area, due in part to that interview. The first two-thirds of this tape are virtually duplicated by Q 609.

A note of context may help with this tape: By the end of 1976, some black clergy had come to perceive Jones as a threat to the black church in San Francisco. Through the Temple’s pro-active work on behalf of the poor in San Francisco – especially the black poor – Jones’ church was siphoning off members from surrounding black congregations, and local black clergy felt threatened. Finally, Jones himself provided them with an opportunity to bring him down a notch: attracted by the prestige – if not necessarily the politics – of a group called the Black Leadership Forum, Jones applied for membership. In response, several black ministers, led by Hannibal Williams and Amos Brown, changed membership rules to require that any applicant be an “adult person of African descent.” While Jones claimed to have a black ancestry, just as he claimed to have Native American ancestry (and both of which were unfounded), he certainly did not have enough black blood to meet the new requirement, and his application was rejected. (For more information, see John R. Hall, Gone From the Promised Land, p. 162, and Tanya M. Hollis, “Peoples Temple and Housing Politics in San Francisco,” in Peoples Temple and Black Religion in America, edited by Rebecca Moore, Anthony B. Pinn and Mary R. Sawyer, p. 97.)

Full summary of the recording available at Alternative Considerations of Jonestownwebsite, along with the tape transcript.

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Original audio cassette tape recording digitized and made available as .mp3 audio file.
ms-0183_18.11 Part 2
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