Film, Video Leah Chase interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, 2018-12-18.

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Title
Leah Chase interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, 2018-12-18.
Summary
Leah Chase is chef and owner of Dooky Chase's restaurant in New Orleans, LA. Dooky Chase's has been called one of the first fine dining restaurant for black people in the United States. Chase was 96 years old at the time of this interview and she passed just months after, so it is a gift to record her lucid, passionate, insightful, and powerful stories about race, work, women, love, and the importance of uplifting people and valuing human beings. Chase talks about growing up in the Depression and learning the value of appreciating things and how we are losing this in modern society. She talks about how she started in restaurant industry, working in the French Quarter in 1941. Chase recalls the struggle and strategy sessions that took place in her restaurant that helped facilitate integration in the 1960s. Among other notables, she served the Freedom Riders, Thurgood Marshall, James Baldwin and Martin Luther King Jr. Chase talks about reading a poem by Tupac Shakur and the impact it made on her. Chase tells other stories about all the celebrities that have come to Dooky's including Michael Jackson--(he loved her sweet potato pies)--and Barack Obama. She slapped Obama's hand and scolded him when he tried to put hot sauce on her Gumbo.
Contributor Names
Chase, Leah, interviewee.
Taylor, Candacy A., interviewer.
Occupational Folklife Project, sponsor.
Created / Published
2018-12-18
Subject Headings
-  Chase, Leah--Interviews
-  African American civil rights workers--Louisiana--Interviews
-  Poverty
-  Restaurants
-  Racism
-  Small business
-  African American businesspeople--Interviews
-  African Americans--United States--Travel--Guidebooks
-  African American business enterprises--History
-  New Orleans (La.),--event place
Genre
Sound recordings
Video recordings
Digital photographs--Color--2010-2020
Interviews
Oral histories
Personal narratives
Notes
-  Recorded at Dooky Chase's restaurant, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 18, 2018.
-  The Green Book--documenting African American entrepreneurs : Archie Green Fellows project, 2018-2019 (AFC 2018/029: 05420) 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 video files (mpg4, mov) (45:50) : digital, sound, color.
1 sound file (wav) (45:50) : digital, sound.
7 photographs : digital, jpg, color.
1 manuscript : pdf, text file.
Source Collection
The Green Book--documenting African American entrepreneurs : Archie Green Fellows project, 2018-2019 AFC 2018/029: 05420
Repository
Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, DC USA 20540-4610 http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.home
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Library of Congress Control Number
2020655500
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Chicago citation style:

Chase, Leah, Interviewee, Candacy A Taylor, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Leah Chase interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, -12-18. -12-18, 2018. Pdf. https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655500/.

APA citation style:

Chase, L., Taylor, C. A. & Occupational Folklife Project, S. (2018) Leah Chase interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, -12-18. -12-18. [Pdf] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2020655500/.

MLA citation style:

Chase, Leah, Interviewee, Candacy A Taylor, and Sponsor Occupational Folklife Project. Leah Chase interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, -12-18. -12-18, 2018. Pdf. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2020655500/>.

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