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Alberta Bryant interview, 2016-12-01

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2016_002.wav

Scope and Contents

In this oral history interview, Ms. Alberta Bryant, a long time D.C. resident, discusses her experiences growing up in New York City, visiting Charleston, South Carolina, throughout her youth, and moving to Washington, D.C., in 1953, after marrying her husband. The interview later turns into a discussion of contemporary issues of race and class that shifts into a conversation about the political situation at the time of the interview. This section touches upon issues such as misinformation, partisanship, and the 2016 election.


  • Creation: 2016-12-01


Biographical / Historical

Ms. Alberta Bryant was born in New York City in 1929 but spent her summers visiting her mother’s family in Charleston, South Carolina throughout her upbringing. When Ms. Bryant was 13 years old, her mother passed away and she moved in with an aunt and uncle. After graduating from high school, Ms. Bryant worked as a registrar for the New York City Board of Education for a short time. She then attended the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. Shortly after marrying her husband, a Washingtonian, Ms. Bryant moved to Washington, D.C., in 1953. In Washington, she worked at the District of Columbia General Hospital, ultimately retiring in the mid-eighties at age 55. Ms. Bryant is a member of Mount Jezreel Baptist Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, and is a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)

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Repository Details

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

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001