Jump to navigation
Albert W. Dent interview, Part 2
Dent, Albert W.
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Dent and Rogers talk about the history of Dillard University. He talks about being the president of Dillard university and the segregation that he experienced. Dent touches on a few details about his wife, Jessie Covington Dent.
Albert Dent begins this recording by discussing the history of Dillard University, including the earliest history involving the merger of two preexisting colleges. He also discusses how Flint-Goodridge Hospital became part of Dillard University. He describes the involvement of trustees and other stakeholders in Dillard's first few years post-merger, including Will Alexander's involvement. Dent describes that Alexander asked him to come to New Orleans to head Flint-Goodridge Hospital, although he knew nothing about hospital administration. He then describes the search for a new president where Dent himself was ultimately selected. He describes the building of Dillard, particularly its development within the context of the Great Depression and World War II. He names the Rosenwald Fund as an entity that provided support for the building of Dillard, specifically the nursing program. Rogers asks Dent more specifically about his involvement in Civil rights as Dillard's President. Dent answers that he was invited to meet with an alliance of White ministers to discuss Civil rights issues in New Orleans. Dent said that he told this group that "'no man do I pity more than a protestant minister'"u2026 because he couldn't stand in the pulpit and preach the truth, preach what he thought." He continues to discuss segregation in New Orleans, particularly the Boy Scouts of America. Dent details a scenario where he agreed to become more involved with the Boy Scouts locally to improve equality and desegregate aspects of operations. He continues to discuss his receipt of an award from the Boy Scouts for his work in this capacity. He briefly overviews the musical background of his wife, Jessie Covington Dent, and an incident in New Orleans when Thurgood Marshall was a guest in the Dent home and Jessie was preparing to leave to attend a performance of the local symphony. Marshall asked Mrs. Dent about where she'd be sitting to attend the performance: "She saw for the first time that her personal interest should not outweigh her philosophy and her commitment"u2026 so she didn't go anymore." He offers that when the symphony was desegregated they resumed buying season tickets, and Jessie had recently concluded a six-year term on the symphony's board of directors. Dent explains that he attended college with the father of Martin Luther King Jr. and that his classmates at Morehouse refused to accept segregated conditions and boycotted segregated public transportation.
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Box 4, Item 10, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Physical rights are retained by the Amistad Research Center. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. Copyright laws.