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Leonard Burns interview, Part 6
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Burns talks about more job employment for African Americans. He names some people that have been influences to him. Burns then looks back on his career and what he has accomplished.
Leonard Burns begins the recording by discussing his efforts to agitate for increased employment of African Americans in New Orleans in his capacity with United Clubs Inc. and the Citizens' Committee. He names the influence of other activists including Israel Augustine, Oretha Castle Haley, Richard Haley, and Robert Collins. Burns overviews his work on public transportation desegregation, as well as his work with Dutch Morial and the local NAACP to desegregate hotels. Burns expresses that he received much gratification knowing that he helped people throughout his career. He then goes on to talk about job opportunities in tourism for black people. Rogers then goes on to ask Burns what his life is about and Burns replies with all of the things he has accomplished and brought him happiness. Burns discusses his more recent work to ensure that African Americans have more influence upon New Orleans' tourist and convention sector. He continues to mention the several ways African American New Orleanians could be more involved in business in the city. Burns outlines his family history. Burns summarizes his personal and professional milestones in his life, including his service in World War II, and how he came to be more socially aware and involved in his community. Note: The first part of this interview is missing from the collection.
New Orleans (La.)
Amistad Research Center
Box 3, Item 9, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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