2014 Feb. 26
Bracey, John H.
Amherst (Mass.) - Oral history interview with John H. Bracey, Professor and Chair of Afro American Studies at UMass Amherst. Arrival at UMass at request of Michael Thelwell; Black Power and birth of Black Studies Programs; growing up on campus of Howard University surrounded by African American educators.
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
2018 Nov. 27
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) - Conclusion of interview with former UMass Amherst student, Cheryl Griffin, who was an undergraduate student from 1965-1969, looking through and reading parts of the 1965 UMass yearbook, the Index. See murg050_9-i002 for oral history interview with Griffin.