Oral history interview with Richard Bowman, July 8, 1998

Oral history interview with Richard Bowman, July 8, 1998

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Creator:Bowman, Richard, 1934-
Creator:Navies, Kelly Elaine
Title:Oral history interview with Richard Bowman, July 8, 1998
Date:1998 July 8
Description:

Richard Bowman grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, attended Tuskegee College, served in the army overseas in Germany, and lived in Los Angeles, California, for forty years before returning to Asheville. He discusses important events in his life, including his experience in segregated schools and his efforts to improve Asheville schools following his retirement. He also recalls his early stance against segregated libraries and buses in Asheville. He faced racism in the army and at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Los Angeles. Bowman explains his views on race relations in California by comparing the riots in 1965 with the riots in 1992. Bowman is glad for improvements like school integration in Asheville, but he volunteers his efforts in order to ensure that integration serves black students well.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Bowman, Richard, 1934- | School integration--North Carolina | North Carolina--Race relations | African Americans--North Carolina | African Americans--Education--North Carolina | Asheville (N.C.)--Social life and customs | Education--North Carolina--History--20th century | Segregation in education--North Carolina | Asheville (N.C.)--Race relations | High schools--North Carolina--Buncombe County | Stephens-Lee High School (Asheville, N.C.) | School integration--North Carolina--Asheville | African Americans--North Carolina--Asheville | African Americans--Education--North Carolina--Asheville | African Americans--North Carolina--Asheville--Social life and customs | African American students--Education--North Carolina--Asheville | Los Angeles (Calif.)--Race relations | Riots--California--Los Angeles--20th century | High schools--North Carolina--Asheville | Asheville (N.C.) | Buncombe County (N.C.) | Los Angeles (Calif.) | Orange County (Calif.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2006
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Dec. 21, 2007).

Interview participants: Richard Bowman, interviewee; Kelly Elaine Navies, interviewer.

Duration: 01:27:26.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Steve Weiss.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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