The recordings of Charlotte Brooks concentrate on her work, experiences of racial segregation as a black woman living in America. The 'dominant language and culture' (of the educated middle classes) is also a dominant theme. When the recordings were made (1968) Charlotte Brooks was living in Washington D.C. She held a full-time position as Head of Department of English for the City of Washington and Consultant for the Office of Education (MS 4000/5/1/7/2). Throughout the tapes she talks about her work broadening attitudes to different dialects and also her 'teaching of acceptance' outside her Washington D.C. schools work (MS 4000/5/1/7/12). The recordings discuss the enslavement of black people in America particularly in relation to Mississippi; the work of Martin Luther King (MS 4000/5/1/7/11); and the Fourteenth Amendment freeing slaves (MS 4000/5/1/7/12). The first tape in the series is predominantly an interview with Dan Fader who describes his literacy and cultural work with under-privileged children aged 12-17 years in America (MS 4000/5/1/7/1).
The interviews are all conducted by Charles Parker who is interested to explore both the attitudes to language and dialect as well as black history, racial segregation and slavery.
See also MS 4000/3 for related written documentation on the themes of Education and Ethnic Communities
arrangement: The tapes are arranged as follows:
MS 4000/5/1/7/1 Interview of DF re 'dominant culture'; CB Jul 1968
interviewed on last track on same theme
MS 4000/5/1/7/2-12 Interviews re CB work, experience of racial Jul-Nov 1968
segregation and black history
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