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|Creator:||Beavers, Leroy, 1951-|
|Creator:||Taylor, Kieran Walsh|
|Creator:||Southern Oral History Program|
|Title:||Oral history interview with Leroy Beavers, August 8, 2002|
|Date:||2002 Aug. 8|
Leroy Beavers Jr. recalls segregation and integration in Savannah, Georgia. Beavers walks the reader through a history of the city, from its golden years in the 1950s, when African Americans thrived in a self-contained community, to the decay of the 1960s and the damage he sees as having been brought about by integration. Beavers condemns integration, calling it "a genocide of a social life . . . where people had just a pure natural respect for each other." Beavers maintains that the closely-knit black community unraveled because new opportunities tempted African Americans and the spirit of self-reliance faded. A proud community slumped as drugs and crime infested black neighborhoods, and African Americans began to discriminate against one another. This crowd of social pathologies gathers on Martin Luther King Street, a name choice Beavers bitterly condemns. A bristling attack on integration, this interview provides an interesting perspective on the legacy of integration in a southern city.
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|Types:||Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound|
|Subjects:||Beavers, Leroy, 1951- | African American barbers--Georgia--Savannah | African Americans--Segregation--Georgia--Savannah | African Americans--Georgia--Savannah--Social conditions | Savannah (Ga.)--Race relations | United States, Georgia, Chatham County, Savannah, 32.0835407, -81.0998342|
|Collection:||Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement|
|Institution:||Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)|
|Contributors:||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)|
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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.
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