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Albert W. Dent interview, Part 1
Dent, Albert W.
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Dent and Rogers discuss different universities and the ones he was involved in such as Dillard University. He talks about how he was involved in Civil rights and activism programs. They conclude by talking about education.
Albert Walker Dent begins the recording by engaging in a personal conversation with Rogers, asking her about her own educational background and they converse about mutual acquaintances. Their conversation centers largely around academic politics at Florida State University and that school's association with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. He continues to discuss the relationship between Louisiana State University and area HBCUs and higher education in general in Louisiana. Dent continues to make comparisons between various universities across the state, as well as funding priorities. Rogers asks Dent more direct questions about his role in Civil rights activism from his role as President of Dillard University. Dent first responds that his involvement with Civil rights activism began with his affiliation with the Commission on Interracial Cooperation, which later reorganized as the Southern Regional Council. Dent discusses the influence of Will Alexander, also the namesake of Dillard's library. He describes his efforts to promote cooperation among Black and White educators in New Orleans. He also details the creation of programs to equalize salaries among teachers of different races as well as several private conversations to promote African American interests in New Orleans. He makes a point to discuss involvement dating from the 1930s and 1940s specifically to illustrate that this type of activism began before what people often think of as the Civil rights Movement. He continues to discuss desegregation of higher education on both a regional and local level, including that of Tulane University.
Amistad Research Center
Box 4, Item 10, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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