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Our Gathering Places Oral History Project: Interview with Charles Rogers
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Charles Rogers was born and educated in Missouri. His background is in education. He came to Minnesota in the early 1950s as the first industrial relations secretary for the St. Paul Urban League. He was formerly assistant principal at Central High School in St. Paul. He was the first black male teaching in St. Paul elementary public schools. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Work at St. Louis munitions plants as personnel director; work and accomplishments as Urban League labor relations secretary; improving job opportunities for blacks; college graduates and job exclusion; Cecil Newman and threatened boycott of arsenal plant; barbershops’ role as employment referrals and information exchanges; barbershops of Hall, Martin, Howard and Dick Smith; subjects discussed in barbershops; Maxfield Elementary School; McKinley Elementary School; Murray High School; Central High School walkout over lack of black teachers; difficulties in his move to Central; tensions in the black community in the 1960s; Pilgrim Baptist Church as focal point of black community; inability of blacks to move out of area; realtors; mortgage companies; Fair Employment Practice Law; Owens, Crump, Hall, Barry, Mobley, Crouch, Godet, Wigington, and Weber as leaders; barbershop provided role models.
1 hour sound cassette
18 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
01:00:27 running time
Interviewee: Rogers, Charles
Interviewer: Taylor, David Vassar
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 100 (Library Call Number)
AV2003.65.15 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Our Gathering Places Oral History Project'