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Walter Young and Stoney Cooks Interviewees: Atlanta, Georgia, 1981 July 25, July 28 [Box 140, Item 16, Side 1]
Walter Young talks about his brother Andrew Young, their parents, his Civil Rights work in Plaquemine, LA, his move to Atlanta, the differing cultures of New Orleans and Atlanta, and President Jimmy Carter.
00:00 - Tom Dent interviews Walter Young, brother of Andrew Young. He asks Walter about moving back to Atlanta in December of 1968. Dent asks how their parents felt about Andrew Young's work with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He says that they were concerned and would have preferred that he stay with the National Council of Churches as a Youth Coordinator. People of their age did not understand the significance of the Civil Rights Movement.02:12 - After more exposure they shifted to 'great understanding and support' for the Civil Rights Movement. Walter discussed the Movement with them. He was involved with CORE [Congress of Racial Equality] at the time. He missed days of practice in his dental practice to be involved with the civil rights struggle in Plaquemine, Louisiana.04:32 - He talks about the work he did in Plaquemine. During the Movement, he set up a one day a week dental practice in Plaquemine. He served the entire parish. He got involved in the Movement there with CORE.05:47 - He talks about his decision to move to Atlanta and his relationship with Martin Luther King, Jr. He was encouraged by [Andrew] Young.07:45 - Dent asks about feelings of competition between Walter and Young. Walter says now they are competitive through tennis, but when they were younger they competed in everything. He says sometimes it is better for children to be away from their parents. Dent asks about Dr. Young having 'chosen' Andrew.10:10 - Walter thought Young should have stayed at SCLC, but Young saw politics as another way to be involved in the Movement. He understands now that Young was thinking ahead. Young has talked about running for mayor of Atlanta since before Dr. King's death.14:00 - Walter talks about negative feelings toward New Orleans. He thinks the city does not provide opportunities for young (black) people. Elders make all of the decisions. It was stifling and stifled creativity. Dent says 'I don't disagree with that.' Walter conjectures Young would have become a doctor, but he would have been frustrated and unhappy. Walter is involved in business now that he has left. It was difficult to talk to his parents about these feelings.18:54 - Dent says it is difficult for people in their generation to have the success that the Young brothers have had. Walter talks about black success in Atlanta being unreachable in New Orleans. They compare the culture of the two cities. The economic cultural gap in New Orleans does not exist in Atlanta. New Orleans has a caste structure Atlanta never had. Certain black people have been accepted in New Orleans, even 'during the hardest time of racism.'23:40 - They discuss Creoles in New Orleans and the differences in culture between the two groups. 26:15 - Walter's feelings about Carter and Young's decision to back Carter. He talks about their bond and common interest. Carter's allies and conjecture about what happened to the Carter administration.[Recording ends 31:30, continues on Side 2.]
Young, Andrew, 1932-
Civil Rights Movement
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
New Orleans (La.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Amistad Research Center
Audiocassette, mono. 16-bit
Box 140, Item 16, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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