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Lawrence Bradford interview, 2018-07-04

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc006_01.wav

Scope and Contents

Lawrence Bradford discusses his childhood growing up in Happy Hollow, Adams Morgan, Washingonton, D.C., early experiences with segregation, attending Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia) to study computer information, his campus extracurricular activities including basketball and student government, his involvement in community organizing for racial equality, his career at Washington Techinal Instiute and the University of the District of Columbia, and his post-retirment career as a hand dance instructor.


  • Creation: 2018-07-04


Biographical / Historical

Lawrence Bradford was born in 1944 in Washington, D.C. He attended J.O. Wilson Elementary School, St. Augustine Catholic School, Francis Junior High School, Bell Vocational High School, and Western High School. After graduating high school, Bradford was part of the first class of students to enter Federal City College in the fall of 1968. He majored in computer information, played on the basketball team, and was close with members of student government. Throughout this time, he was involved in community action work and organizing for racial equity. Bradford went on to work in computer programming and information sciences at Washington Technical Institute, and later at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). He retired from UDC in the 1990s and has since been teaching hand dance,the official dance of Washington, D.C.


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Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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