Audio Recording Komi Tadjere interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-06-26.

Audio recording of interview with Komi Tadjere. Part 1 of 2.
Audio recording of interview with Komi Tadjere. Part 1 of 2.

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Title

  • Komi Tadjere interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-06-26.

Summary

  • Komi Tadjere was born in Diguengue, a village in Togo. He explains that he pursued a degree in Sociology because he wanted to understand people and to help them organize to advance their interests. He did aid work and organizing in Togo, especially with the Catholic Church, but wanted to continue his education. Unable to do so in France--(Togo is a part of Francophone Africa and a former French colony)--he turned to the US Diversity Visa (DV) program. He recounts how he won a DV after three years. He first went to Pennsylvania, and then came to Illinois in search of work. He describes how he quickly established a relationship with a Catholic church in Beardstown, where he eventually found work in a local meatpacking plant (then owned by Cargill). He talks about his struggle to adapt to factory work, and how he left after three years. He explains that he saw the union at Cargill (UFCW 431) as being too close to management and thought that the union struggled with communication with non-English-speakers. Seeking an outlet for his organizing efforts, he became involved with Beardstown-Rushville Immigrants and Friends United (BRIFU), an immigrant self-help organization. After leaving Cargill, Komi earned a political science and international relations degree. He went to work for the Illinois Department of Human Services as a social worker, helping low-income people and undocumented people. At the Department, Komi is once again a union member (with the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees), and he explains why he prefers AFSCME to the UFCW.

Names

  • Tadjere, Komi, interviewee.
  • McKerley, John W., interviewer.
  • Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.

Created / Published

  • 2016-06-26

Headings

  • -  Tadjere, Komi--Interviews
  • -  Civil service
  • -  Clubs
  • -  Diversity in the workplace
  • -  Labor unions
  • -  Blue collar workers
  • -  Meat industry and trade--Iowa
  • -  Packing-house workers--Iowa--Interviews
  • -  Champaign (Ill.),--event place

Genre

  • Sound recordings
  • Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
  • Interviews
  • Oral histories
  • Personal narratives

Notes

  • -  Recorded in Champaign, Illinois, June 26, 2016.
  • -  Recent immigrant workers in Iowa's meatpacking industry : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2015-2016 (AFC 2015/026: 03179) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
  • -  To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.
  • -  In English.

Medium

  • 2 sound files (wav) (02:21:59) : digital, sound.
  • 1 photograph : digital, Camera Raw, color.
  • 1 manuscript : digital, pdf file.

Source Collection

  • Recent immigrant workers in Iowa's meatpacking industry : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2015-2016 AFC 2015/026: 03179

Repository

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020655376

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  • audio
  • pdf

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Chicago citation style:

Tadjere, Komi, Interviewee, John W McKerley, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Komi Tadjere interview conducted by John W. McKerley, -06-26. -06-26, 2016. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655376/.

APA citation style:

Tadjere, K., McKerley, J. W. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2016) Komi Tadjere interview conducted by John W. McKerley, -06-26. -06-26. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655376/.

MLA citation style:

Tadjere, Komi, Interviewee, John W McKerley, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Komi Tadjere interview conducted by John W. McKerley, -06-26. -06-26, 2016. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020655376/>.