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DD: Well, uh, I grew up in a community in the Bronx called Williamsbridge, and, uh, it was an interesting community. It was diverse, and yet we had a, um - the black community was welded together through the four - three or four - churches in the area. I, uh - my father was Episcopalian, and so we went officially to the Episcopal Church. But my three girlfriends, who lived on the street on the same block as I did, [5:00] they went to the Baptist Church down the street. And so, I went there also. So, I really went to two churches every Sunday. And, uh, I sang in the choir, the child - the youth choir, uh, in their church, and, um, I was active in other ways in, um, the Episcopal Church. There was several, um, people from the Caribbean Islands, as well as the South - South Carolina, North Carolina - and, um, so, I had a mixture there.

In the, in the community, you know, every time I went to another level of school, from elementary to junior high to middle school, uh, I had to walk a longer distance, but the environment, the people were, uh, more, uh, varied. But the block, the neighborhood, the immediate neighborhood was very varied, too. Uh, we had a Jewish delicatessen. Italians owned the liquor store. We had a Chinese restaurant and Chinese laundry and a black restaurant owner. So, it was very - quite varied. The Italians were the largest population in our community. And, um, so, as I said, we - as we got older and went to another school, we got more people coming from farther away, some from what we called the Lower Bronx, and so, you had that mixture. Many were - some were Latin; some were, again, Caribbean; sometimes a few African; as well as, you know, Greek, Italian, Jewish, all of that. So, I grew up along those lines.

But I also had a quest from an early age as to, “Where are our black positive images in the media?” I’m not seeing very much of it in books, in magazines. Now, in newspapers, there are black newspapers. Uh, but in film, uh, you know, we gravitated to what movies there were, which was Amos and Andy or, um, Tarzan where there were some black African people who were running around.

And I had a great-aunt, who was, uh - she was like a great-great-aunt. My grandmother on my father’s side, she called her, “her aunt, Great Aunt Jesse.” Great Aunt Jesse was a missionary in Liberia, and she would write letters to my grandparents, my paternal grandparents, telling about her experiences in Liberia, Monrovia, and, um, sent some photographs, but mainly, you know, stories. And so, I said, “Oh,” you know, “I have to find out more about this continent that has all black people or a variety of black people, uh, where we came from.” And, um, so, that was one of my missions.

Now, I also grew up, uh, in the arts. All of the, uh, children in my mother’s family played musical instruments, except for - well, my mother did also, but she studied dance. And my sister and I studied dance from elementary school. And, uh, that, of course, uh, pursuit expands your horizons. And combined with the ideas, uh, from my great-aunt about Africa, I wanted to know more. So, when I was in junior high school, anytime we had a social studies report, I did something on Africa or the Caribbean.

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Title
Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, 2011-04-26.
Summary
Doris Derby discusses her childhood in the Bronx, joining a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth group, and attending Hunter College. She recalls her work in African art and dance, and traveling to Albany, Georgia, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with voter registration. She remembers teaching adult literacy in Mississippi with SNCC, starting the Free Southern Theater, and working for Head Start.
Contributor Names
Civil Rights History Project (U.S.) (Creator)
Mosnier, Joseph (Interviewer)
Derby, Doris Adelaide (Interviewee)
Created / Published
Atlanta, Georgia, None 2011, 4
Subject Headings
-  Civil rights movements--United States
-  Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
-  March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963 : Washington, D.C.)
-  Head Start programs--Mississippi
-  Voter registration--Georgia
-  Free Southern Theater
-  Hunter College
-  National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Youth Council
-  Albany Movement (Albany, Ga.)
-  Interviews
-  Filmed interviews
-  Oral histories
-  United States -- Georgia -- Atlanta
Genre
Interviews
Filmed interviews
Oral histories
Notes
-  Summary: Doris Derby discusses her childhood in the Bronx, joining a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth group, and attending Hunter College. She recalls her work in African art and dance, and traveling to Albany, Georgia, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with voter registration. She remembers teaching adult literacy in Mississippi with SNCC, starting the Free Southern Theater, and working for Head Start.
-  Biographical History: Doris Derby was born in 1939 or 1940 in the Bronx, New York. She married Bob Banks and attended Hunter College and the University of Illinois. She worked as an artist, photographer and educator at Georgia State University. Derby was a civil rights activist and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) fieldworker in Georgia.
-  Acquisition Note: The Civil Rights History Project is a joint project of the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture to collect video and audio recordings of personal histories and testimonials of individuals who participated in the Civil Rights movement.
-  Existence and Location of Copies: Copies of items are also held at the National Museum of African American History and Culture (U.S.).
-  Conditions Governing Access: Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
-  Related Archival Materials: Artifacts associated with the interview are at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Medium
8 video files of 8 (HD, Apple ProRes 422 HQ, QuickTime wrapper) (111 min.) : digital, sound, color. 1 transcript (46 page)
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Source Collection
Civil Rights History Project, (U.S.) (AFC 2010/039)
Repository
American Folklife Center
Library of Congress Control Number
2015669107
Access Advisory
Collection is open for research. Access to recordings may be restricted. To request materials, please contact the Folklife Reading Room at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.afc/folklife.contact
Language
English
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Description
Doris Derby discusses her childhood in the Bronx, joining a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) youth group, and attending Hunter College. She recalls her work in African art and dance, and traveling to Albany, Georgia, to join the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) with voter registration. She remembers teaching adult literacy in Mississippi with SNCC, starting the Free Southern Theater, and working for Head Start.
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Chicago citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, Joseph Mosnier, and Doris Adelaide Derby. Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, -04-26. Atlanta, Georgia, None , 4, 2011. Video. https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669107/.

APA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U. S., Mosnier, J. & Derby, D. A. (2011) Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, -04-26. Atlanta, Georgia, None , 4. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2015669107/.

MLA citation style:

Civil Rights History Project, U.S, Joseph Mosnier, and Doris Adelaide Derby. Doris Adelaide Derby oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Atlanta, Georgia, -04-26. Atlanta, Georgia, None , 4, 2011. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2015669107/>.