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Carolivia Herron interview, 2017-08-11

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Identifier: dcpl_dcohc005

Scope and Contents

In Part 1 of this interview, Carolivia Herron discusses growing up in Northeast Washington, D.C. in a segregated neighborhood, on Douglass Street NE in Kenilworth, and visiting her grandmother's house in Capitol Heights. Herron recounts her childhood, her family's role in blockbusting their Takoma neighborhood, and the work of Neighbors, Incorporated. Carolivia Herron was born in 1941 at the Freedmen's Hospital of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She grew up in the Mayfair Mansions Apartments before moving with her parents to Takoma in the early 1950s. She attended Neval Thomas Elementary School, Woodson Junior High and Paul Junior High, and Spingarn High School. She attended Howard University, where she met Stokely Carmichael. In 2016, she published an autobiographical book called Peacesong DC. She has served as the president of Neighbors, Inc.

In Part 2 of this interview, Carolivia Herron discusses the influence of her DC Public School experience on her Judaism, the origins of her book Nappy Hair, and the evolution of Neighbors, Inc. She also gives details of her parents' lives and about being a member of Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

Dates

  • Creation: 2017-08-11

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Biographical / Historical

Carolivia Herron was born in 1941 at the Freedmen's Hospital of Howard University in Washington, D.C. She grew up in the Mayfair Mansions Apartments before moving with her parents to Takoma in the early 1950s. She attended Neval Thomas Elementary School, Woodson Junior High and Paul Junior High, and Spingarn High School. She attended Howard University, where she met Stokely Carmichael. In 2016, she published an autobiographical book called Peacesong DC. She is the current president of Neighbors, Inc.

Extent

From the Collection: 855 Gigabytes

Repository Details

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

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