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Bernard Hayes interview, 2015-12-18

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2015_009.wav

Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Mr. Bernard Hayes discusses his life and experiences moving from Atlanta, Georgia, to New York City, and ultimately to Washington, D.C. Mr. Hayes discusses his early life in the South, his family's move to New York in 1960, and their transition into city life in the North. Mr. Hayes also discusses how the North provided him and his siblings more opportunities and the influence of his parents and other mentors on his life. Finally, Mr. Hayes discusses his move to Washington, D.C., in the 1980s to work at Voice of America.


  • Creation: 2015-12-18


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in 1953, Bernard Hayes grew up in Georgia with his parents, Hubert Eugene Hayes and Ida Mae (Davis) Hayes, and six siblings. Hayes and his family moved in with an aunt in 1959 when his father migrated north alone to New York City. A year later, in 1960, after his father had secured a job and housing, the whole family moved to New York. Hayes would attend public school in New York and graduate from City College of New York where he studied journalism. In 1981, Hayes married his wife, Carol Ann Hayes, and in 1986, they moved to Washington, D.C. Hayes has had a successful career in radio journalism and currently works at Voice of America.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)

Repository Details

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

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