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An Interview With Joanne Collins
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TitleAn Interview With Joanne Collins
AbstractInterviewer: Milton Smith. Interview recorded August 21, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 2 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesJoanne Collins was born in Kansas City, Kansas on August 29, 1935. In the interview she discusses her early life and education, being a Republican and being African American, and of her political career including being a Kansas City, Missouri, councilwoman.
Date1976-08-21
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 14, CD 14
Local SubjectOral History
Collins, Joanne
African Americans
City Council
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Born in Kansas City, Kansas, August 29, 1935. Went to schools in Kansas City, Kansas. Attucks grade school in Kansas City, Kansas. Mrs. Collins talks about her family and about early education in segregated school and later junior high and high school education. Talks about teachers who had influence on her in high school.

Mrs. Collins talks about her religious beliefs and how this affects her politics. Talks about her early political experiences and making breakthroughs into areas where women and minorities have been excluded. Mrs. Collins discusses problems of being black and Republican and about tenets of Republican party and the necessity for blacks to participate in both parties.

Mrs. Collins talks about her campaigning in pre-primary this year and about pragmatic politicians and voters and unpragmatic ones. She talks about political gains made in the 1960s and the changing times and laws and how the community is affected by changes or not affected by changes.

Mrs. Collins talks about her support of both Democrats and Republicans and why. Talks about the various political offices she has held, both elected and non-elected, and her experiences in office. Talks about the process she went through to become a city councilwoman by appointment and her subsequent race in the city council election against Mamie Hughes after having served out her council membership under the first appointment. Talks about her campaign against Mamie Hughes for the city council and being smeared as the "Great White Hope," as well as campaigning in dangerous areas she had been warned to stay out of.

Mrs. Collins talks about going to places during her campaigning and speaking where she had to be protected against violence. Talks about her campaign for U.S. Congress against Richard Bolling. Talks about her family, their 24-hour-a-day concern with politics, and her way of working as a politician being a touch-and-feel candidate with a workable political approach.
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Item ID210196
CONTENTdm number36274
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