Our Gathering Places Oral History Project: Interview with Charles Nichols Sr.
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Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Charles Nichols was born and educated in Duluth, Minnesota. At the time of the interview he was a developer. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Family background; early life; barbershop as entrepreneurial service, gathering place, and social hub; barbers as community leaders, psychologists, intermediaries, political advisors and successful small business owners; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; adults watching out for children in the community; jobs available to African Americans; discrimination; travel style: maintaining a network of "places to stay"; community leaders; Fair Employment Practices Commission; jobs during wartimes; differing lifestyles among blacks and barbershop leveling effect; reading materials in shops; lack of major investments and purchases among blacks; black businesses in Duluth; moving to Minneapolis; respect for students, Dunwoody Institute; barbers in his family; division between black professionals and non-professionals; shoptalk about race; businesses begin to accept blacks as customers; social class of professionals; sports, railroad and political talk; Mayor Naftalin; areas of Minneapolis where blacks lived; his transition to career as teacher and administrator; his son's first haircut.
Quantity 1 hour sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:19:19 running time
Creation Interviewee: Nichols, Charles Sr.
Interviewer: Taylor, David Vassar
Made in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Brooklyn Center, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 08/28/1997
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 100
Accession Number AV2003.65.13
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Our Gathering Places Oral History Project'

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