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Ruby Corado interview part 2, 2021-07-13

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc030_06_2.wav

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

D.C. Oral History Collaborative (DCOHC) is a citywide initiative to train community members in oral history skills, fund new and ongoing oral history projects, connect volunteers with oral history projects, and publicize existing oral history collections. DCOHC is a project of DC Public Library, HumanitiesDC, and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. This collection contains oral history interviews, transcripts, and indexes produced by DCOHC grantees.


  • Creation: 2021-07-13


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Ruby Corado’s early life was affected by her gender expression and the civil war in her country. She left in the 1980s to move to D.C., which has been her home ever since. She has been an activist and community leader the entire time. After spending time homeless herself, Ruby later helped others when they fell on hard times, eventually establishing her own organization, Casa Ruby.


From the Collection: 1.13 Terabytes


Ms. Corado discusses her early activism and leading the group Latinos en Accion which she would turn into Casa Ruby, the early days of Casa Ruby’s first space, the growth and accomplishments since then, and the challenges and hopes for the future.

Related Materials

Oral Histories with similar themes and narrators are also available through the Rainbow History Project.


Please note: This interview includes descriptions of suicide and graphic descriptions of violence. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.

Repository Details

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

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