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Della Hardman collection

Repository: Boston University. Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center

Collection Description (CRHP): A native of Charleston, West Virginia, Della Hardman was an African American arts educator and a Boston University alum. Box 50 contains video recordings (VHS format), some of which deal with the civil rights movement and African American history. There is an interview of Maya Angelou and African American writer Dorothy West. There also is a 59-minute videotape from MotionMasters in West Virginia titled 'Street Dedication Ceremony and renaming of Broad Street to Leon Sullivan Way.' It is, as the title indicates, a video recording of the 2000 ceremony recognizing the renaming of Broad Street to Leon Sullivan Way (unanimously approved by the city council) in recognition of the famed civil rights leader who was active on the international and domestic scenes and, in particular, worked to increase economic opportunities for minorities. The videotape includes speeches by Charleston's mayor and West Virginia's governor, Cecil H. Underwood, honoring Sullivan as well as remarks from a friend of Sullivan. The governor pointed out the deliberate naming of the street 'way' because Sullivan's 'way has been followed by millions.' There also is a speech from Sullivan himself. He talks about what an honor it is to have the street named for him and how this action shows how much society has changed. He grew up as an African American in segregated Charleston in a time when blacks walked on one side of the street and whites on the other. One time he tried to walk on the white side, but he was chased back to the other side. Now he said there is just one street open to all, and he used the street as a metaphor for how society has become more tolerant. The collection also includes an autograph collection of notable African Americans including Martin Luther King Jr whose autographs are apparently on two programs.

Access Copy Note: Parts of this collection are restricted.

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: #1723

Extent: 58 boxes

Language: English

Related Archival Items: See entries in this database on a MotionMasters documentary on Leon Sullivan as well as the Benjamin Hooks Papers, which contains an audio cassette of an event honoring him. HistoryMakers has an interview of Hardman; see:

Interviewees: Maya Angelou, Dorothy West

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


African American artists
African American women authors
African Americans--Civil rights--West Virginia
African Americans--West Virginia
Collective memory
Sullivan, Leon Howard, 1922-


Sound recordings


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