2016 Dec. 2
Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Churchill Cotton of the Berkshire Chapter, NAACP. Magdalene (Maggie) born in Dadeville, Alabama, Dec. 2, 1931, raised in Dadeville, while in high school began to visit Great Barrington, Mass., on school trip with her teacher. She moved to Pittsfield, Mass., after her third year of college (AAMU, Normal, Alabama), often sending money back to the family. Sh... more
2017 Nov. 21
Pittsfield, Mass. - Shirley Edgerton talks about growing up in Hemingway, South Carolina, Mt. Vernon, NY, South Bronx and North Bronx, NY. Extended family was essential to her childhood, as was the Methodist in Mt. Vernon, NY, where she found mentors who guided, took care of her and modelled a mentoring role that she would follow through her adult life. Shirley attended Herbert Lehman Coll... more
2018 May 15
Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Evelyn Pratt, born in Columbus, Ohio, Evelyn Judy Gammon, in 1948, talks about living on Grant Ave., where her father bought a house and dug out his own basement. Her mother died when she was young, and eventually Evelyn had a major role in the upkeep her the house and family. The children walked to Weinland Park Elementary school. Though she wanted to go... more
2018 Jan. 30
Pratt, Charles, Rev.
Pittsfield, Mass. - Interview with Rev. Charles Pratt, pastor of Victory Church of God in Christ in Pittsfield, Mass. Rev. Pratt was born in Columbus, Ohio. His father was a Tuskegee Airman, and as a child Charles lived in the Azores and other places. Charles loved music in school, and really began to like school in college, Ohio State University, where he has a scholarship and studied psy... more
2017 June 8
Great Barrington, Mass. - Wray Gunn, longtime resident of Sheffield, Mass., Chemist, Director of Quality Control for Nelco Metals, later part of Pfizer, was born in Atlanta and lived part of his childhood in various places in the South. He talks about segregation, moving North, living in Lee and Stockbridge, Mass., attending UMass, being invited to play with the St. Louis Browns, but going to co... more
1986 Apr. 23
Boston, Mass. - A native of Roxbury, a civil rights activist, and official in the NAACP, Batson was a leader in the legal challenge to the de facto segregation of Boston public schools in the 1960s. She was among the founders of METCO in 1966 and architects of its voluntary desegregation plan. Batson discusses her history in activism for desegregation with the NAACP Education Committee... more
1986 Feb. 13
Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An Executive Director of the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO), McGuire was the first African American woman to gain a set on the Boston School Committee at large.
Breeden, James P. (James Pleasant)
Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A priest at Roxbury's St. James Episcopal Church (and later at St. Paul's Cathedral in Boston) and a veteran of the Freedom rides of the early 1960s, Breeden played a critical role during the Boston busing crisis. Breeden joined the Cityw... more
1986 Feb. 18
Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Discussion of the politics of desegregation and education in Boston, the Boston School Committee, and the Black community; John O'Bryant; the Spillane administration.
1986 Feb. 27
Boston, Mass. - From a series of audio recordings with members of Boston's Black community about the busing crisis of the late 1970s and early 1980s. An attorney with Harvard's Center for Law and Education, Pressman worked with the NAACP to represent plaintiffs in Morgan v. Hennigan, the case that resulted in the 1974 order by Judge W. Arthur Garrity to end the de facto segregation of ... more