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Mrs. Thelma DeWittig, January 18, 1973

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Creator:DeWittig, Thelma
Title:Mrs. Thelma DeWittig, January 18, 1973
Date:1973 Jan. 18

Oral history interview with Mrs. Thelma DeWittig of Seattle, Washington.

TAPE 1, SIDE A: 0 - 4 She came to Seattle from Texas in 1947 to do graduate work at University of Washington. She was an only child. Schooling in Texas. Family background. Talks about her teaching in Texas. 4 - 7 The black church in Seattle. Communists organizations. NAACP and the Urban League were connected with the church. 7 - 10 Travelling on the train first-class from Dallas. Problems with discrimination. 10 - 14 Other black organizations she worked with. Clubs in the area. More blacks lived in the central area. Not many owned property; most blacks weren't born in Seattle. 14 - 17 Black businesses in Seattle. Black undertaker did a good job. She and her husband lived in a large mansion in Seattle that another woman owned. Church club meetings in the house. 17 - 21 Problem with a woman who thought the first black teacher in the area should have been from Seattle. 21 - 24 Teaching in the Seattle area. Not many blacks went to college. 24 - 30 Discrimination towards her while at the University of Washington. A black had never taught a white child in Seattle. Recommendations for her first job. TAPE 1, SIDE B: 0 - 3 More about teaching. Clothing styles in the 40's. She was always "smartly dressed." Other blacks who dressed well. 3 - 6

Sports activities that blacks participated in. Entertainment included private parties and dances. Blackwell was a famous black-musician from the area. Other black singers and dancers. 6 - 11 Teaching union. Trouble with discrimination when going on conventions. Other black teachers hired after her. 11 - 14 Political persuasion was generally Republican among blacks. She was a delegate to several Democratic conventions, Black politicians. 14 - 21 She generally kept up with what other blacks in the area were doing. She feels communication among blacks is better now. She tried to keep up with the black journals and newspapers. She maintained contacts with people she worked with in the South. 21 - 25 Negroes feelings towards other minorities and vice versa. Organizations she has worked for. 25 - 29 Her feelings about living in Seattle and the cooperation blacks have received. Discipline in the schools has been a problem.

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Institution:Washington State University's Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
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Black Oral History Interviews, 1972-1974, Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University

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