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Carlos Gonzalez interview, 2021-08-05

Identifier: dcpl_dcohc036_01.wav

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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: 2021-08-05


Biographical / Historical

Carlos is from Medellin, Colombia. When his father came to work in the United States, he brought his wife, Carlos and his siblings to New Holland, Pennsylvania. He joined the Navy after graduating from high school and travelled to many European countries 'chasing submarines'. He studied Accounting in college. After graduation from American University, he got a job at Fannie Mae and worked there for 33 years. He has been active in community work his whole life. After the 1990 Fiesta D.C., he continued to participate in the Fraternidad Guatemalteca and now works as a volunteer with the Colombian Embassy and the State Department to bring underprivileged young kids, with a sports background, from Colombia to experience life in the U.S. He has two grown children, and lives with his wife in Maryland.


From the Collection: 855 Gigabytes

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Audio of interview with Carlos Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzalez discusses his early years growing up in New Holland, Pennsylvania after immigrating with his family from Colombia, his relocation to Washington, D.C. and unique exposure to the many varied cultures and histories of Latin American countries in the city, the story of how he became a member of the Organizing Committee for Fiesta D.C. in 1990 and the work he continues to do to help Latin American communities. Mr. Gonzalez reflects on the importance of teaching Americans about other cultures and keeping a foot in both one's birth country and one's adopted country.

Repository Details

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

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