Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-26.
So I got, uh, tires, and we painted the tires and put them in different places and made designs. And, uh, horses that you use to build, um, you put - got pieces of wood and you had them put them over that horse and make it like a seesaw - a lot of different things, because I was familiar with horses, [someone coughs] because of the wooden horses, which my father used to use all the time. And I got the wood for the seesaw and sanded it down.
So, and then, we didn’t have a lot of materials, books and things, so I had the idea of the children - we show them things, we do things with them, and then have them react, for example, to pictures or something. And then, uh, take notes on what they said or record what they said, and then turn it into a book. So, we made our own books. Excuse me, could you -?
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DD: I got local musicians, identified local musicians, had them come to the center and perform. And, um, as I said, prepare the books, uh, make brown books for the kids, just all kinds of things. I really enjoyed it. We had an orientation with the different teachers.
Uh, so later on, like in the middle of the summer, I guess it was, Polly Greenberg, who was the director, um, they were - wanted to - they wanted me to come and be a troubleshooter-teacher-trainer at a couple of other centers. And the first one was the center in Durant, [Mississippi]. The Child Development Center in Durant was in a building that the community had donated. One person had donated the land, and the community members had come together and built it out of cement slabs. It was a really nice facility.
JM: You mean the black community, specifically?
DD: The black community.
JM: Yeah, yeah.
DD: Had come together, and it was a beautiful building. Because the majority, I’d say the majority of the Head Start centers are probably in churches.
JM: Yeah, yeah.