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Dorotha Smith-Simmons interview, Part 2
Topics include: Her interests in New Orleans Jazz and Black culture, and how she hopes the future of the world will be
0:30 She's more into music these days. New Orleans jazz culture is important, she took bands to Europe. Husband is a musician from England, Son plays the drums. 1:45 Met a band in 1966 from Osaka Japan. Couldn't understand their interest in music and she took it from granted. After she worked at preservation hall and saw all the foreigners come who knew so much about music she realized more people needed to be interested in New Orleans music. 3:00 Met a guy in Japan who was a student there who was there to learn about New Orleans jazz and realized in New Orleans it must be taught in all the schools. Helped found a school for New Orleans music. Involved in New Orleans music and culture instead of politics now. 4:45 Jerome and her feel that without a culture you lose something. Not too much written about black culture and she thought that they should do something to help teach and preserve it. Feels they need a new Core like movement now because there is still a lot to be accomplished. For example better jobs for blacks as well as equal pay. 6:45 She hopes for one day her kids will not need to see the prejudice she has seen and hopes the kids will be looked on as a person who contributed to society not as a black kid. Admires Jesse Jackson, but feels that people should be selected based on qualification and not skin color.
New Orleans jazzPay Equity
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Rogers.Smith Simmons 7.27.1988 Item 5-02
Box 8, Item 5, Side 2, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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