Julia L. Foulkes
(interviewer)Celeste Lacy Davis
(interviewee)New School (New York, N.Y.). New School Archives and Special Collections
November 21 2013
Interviewed by Professor Julia Foulkes and University Archivist Wendy Scheir at the New School's Adam and Sophie Gimbel Design Library, 2 West 13th Street, New York City. Celeste Lacy Davis recounts her childhood in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and Englewood, New Jersey, and her early involvement with the civil rights movement. This includes protesting with the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Committee in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and work organizing the Englewood Schools Desegregation Protest. She discusses her education at Syracuse University and student organizing alongside Leroi Jones (later Amiri Baraka), as well as her later involvement with the Congress of African People and work against police brutality. She describes her work at PBS, the City of New York's Human Rights Commission, and Planned Parenthood; her shift work at a steel mill; and post-graduate studies at the New School. Davis also details her later work improving diversity and inclusivity at the New School.
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