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Florida - St. Augustine: Gerald Eubanks Interviewee [Part 3]
Dent, Thomas C.
Tom Dent continues his conversation with Gerald Eubanks, Caroline Proctor, and Mignone [sic] Polland in St. Augustine, Florida. They talk about the white theater culture in St. Augustine. [They spend a few minutes sorting out dinner.] One of the two women is planning a trip to Zimbabwe. They talk about black enrollment at the Harvard. She says that she will not let anyone define her. She continues to talk about [Dr. Wyles?], who questioned her about why she needed to earn a PhD. They talk about a mutual acquaintance [Phyllis Ridge?]. Eubanks talks about theater roles he has played. He knows of a good location for a black archives and library. They talk about traveling in Africa. Dent recently returned from a trip to Gambia and Burkina Faso, where he attended a film festival. They exchange contact information. Eubanks talks about being demoted at the school where he works. Dent gives him civil rights attorney Lolis Elie's contact information if he wants to sue. Is it "reverse discrimination" if black people discriminate against other black people, or is it a function of blacks in power serving someone else? They discuss Winnie Mandela, President Lyndon Johnson, President Ronald Reagan, President Jimmy Carter, and Manuel Noriega. They talk about the advantages and disadvantages of "playing the game." Dent talks about how Andrew Young's became involved in the Carter administration. They talk about the "old boy network." Most school superintendents are appointed. They discuss their impressions of Henry Twine and compare the current superintendent, Otis Mason, to him. A change of the system is needed, not just a new superintendent. The same problem exists everywhere, where people who should not be in positions of power are there, and they are not helping the situation.
Civil rights demonstration
St. Augustine (Fl.)
Tulane University Digital Library
Box 149, Item 9, Side 1, Tom Dent collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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