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Oretha Castle Haley interview
Haley, Oretha Castle
Rogers, Kim Lacy
Rogers asks Haley about the most influential African American leaders in New Orleans during the Civil rights era. Haley hesitates to answer the question at the risk of excluding the contributions of others, and that such a question is impossible to answer in a limited amount of time. Haley describes Reverend A. L. Davis as the first person to come to her mind, and she details Davis' leadership style. Haley also mentions Arthur Chapital, who lent support to younger activists even when he did not necessary agree with a given method or idea. Haley also notes the contributions of more ordinary citizens, the countless "unsung heroes" whose contributions to the Civil rights Movement are not often recognized. Haley then briefly outlines the contributions of both White and African American activists alike. Haley discusses employment and salary issues for African Americans, particularly in government positions. She discusses Race relations more nationally, and she describes the United States as a "deeply racist country." She offers a pessimistic view of the immediate future for African Americans, forecasting that things will get far worse before they begin to get better.
Amistad Research Center
Box 5, Item 24, Side 1, Kim Lacy Rogers collection, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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