Pontchartrain Park Pioneers: An oral history of New Orleans’ civil rights era segregated black ‘suburb in the city’




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segregation, integration, discrimination, Pontchartrain Park, Pontchartrain Park Pioneers, redlining, Civil Rights Movement, Southern University at New Orleans, American dream, autor relacji oral history, Timecode Indexing Module, Virtual Teaching Module


The article was inspired by the Pontchartrain Park Pioneers Oral History Project which began in 2019. Ten Pontchartrain Park pioneers who purchased their homes in this middle class, African American community between 1955 and 1965 were interviewed. This innovative oral history project allowed the interviewees to share their unique stories of pursuing the ‘American Dream’ of home ownership, while living in a racially segregated country and city.


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Biogramy autorów

Clyde C. Roberston - Southern University at New Orleans

PhD, is an Associate Professor/Director Center for African and African American Studies at Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO). For eight years (2008–2016) Robertson was a Tenured Associate Professor of History at Tuskegee University. He earned a PhD in Africana Studies from Temple University (1998) and a MA in Mass Communications Theory from Howard University (1982). He is the author of several articles investigating the impact Hurricane Katrina has had on African Americans, including Hurricane Katrina through the Eyes of African American College Students: The Making of a Documentary (‘Journal of African American History,’ 2009). Along with Joyce King, PhD, he co-authored the article entitled Bon Feerey: A Teaching Methodology for Healing the Wounds of Distance, Displacement, and Loss Caused by Hurricane Katrina (‘Journal of Black Studies,’ 2007). His book, Africa Rising: Multidisciplinary Discussions on Africana Studies and History (2010). Dr. Robertson received the 44th President Barack Obama Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes community leaders who constantly make a difference in the lives of others.

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Jennifer Edwards - Paralegal and Attorney – Hebbler and Giordano

Graduated from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1976, and from LSU Law in 1988. She was a semi-finalist for the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition at LSU. She worked as an appellate law clerk and as a practicing attorney in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Houston, Texas. In 2012 she received a Master’s in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans.
She worked as a grant writer for Southern University at New Orleans from 2020–2021. She currently practices law and works as a paralegal at a law firm in Metairie, Louisiana.

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Jak cytować

Roberston, C. C., & Edwards, J. (2023). Pontchartrain Park Pioneers: An oral history of New Orleans’ civil rights era segregated black ‘suburb in the city’. Wrocławski Rocznik Historii Mówionej, 13, 136–147. https://doi.org/10.26774/wrhm.376



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