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Ronald W. Bailey oral history collection

Repository: Northeastern University. Archives and Special Collections

Collection Description (Extant): The collection contains VHS recordings of oral histories of Milton Derr, Mel King, and Byron Rushing. Each recording has been transcribed and digitized. Topics covered in the interviews include art and symbolism for the African American community, personal histories, community histories, urban renewal, community organizing activities and techniques, politics and the political climate of the 1960s and 1970s, and speculation and commentary on contemporary and future developments in the communities of Roxbury and the South End.

Historical Abstract:
In 1989 and 1990, Milton Derr, Mel King, and Byron Rushing, three prominent members of Boston's African American community, were interviewed about their lives and work in preparation for a book by Ronald W. Bailey with Diane Turner and Robert Hayden, entitled Lower Roxbury: A Community of Treasures in the City of Boston. Milton Derr, a painter, illustrator and retired teacher, was born in 1932 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He moved to Boston to study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and took a teaching position there in 1964. Mel King is a community activist and retired professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Raised in Boston's South End, King is well-known for his role in fighting for affordable housing in the South End against commercial developers and the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Byron Rushing, born in 1942 in New York City, is the Representative for the 9th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Before his election, Rushing worked as an organizer for several civil rights organizations in Boston. The interviews of Mel King and Byron Rushing were conducted by Diane Turner. Milton Derr was interviewed by Rosemary Winters, Milton Harris, and an unidentified man.

Access Copy Note: Original VHS recordings are not available due to fragility. DVD copies are available for access use.

Digital Status: Yes

Existing IDs: M153

Extent: 0.20 cubic ft. (1 half-manuscript box)

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: Milton Derr, Mel King, Byron Rushing

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American artists
African American politicians--Massachusetts
African Americans--Civil rights--Massachusetts
African Americans--Politics and government
Civil rights movements--Massachusetts
Massachusetts--Race relations
Urban renewal--Massachusetts




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