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An Interview With Fletcher Daniels
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TitleAn Interview With Fletcher Daniels
AbstractInterviewer: Ella Pruitt. Interview recorded May 5, 1976. 2 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesFletcher Daniels was born September 8, 1919 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. In the interview Mr. Fletcher discusses life in Kansas City in the 1940s concerning African Americans, mentioning the Ruth Kerford incident and the beginning of African American demonstrating against discrimination and segregation, Martin Luther King's death, NAACP, school board and teacher issues, etc.
Date1976-05-05
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 17, CD 17
Local SubjectAfrican Americans
Kansas City School Board
Oral History
Segregation
Discrimination
King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Daniels, Fletcher
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionOutline of Interview:

Fletcher Daniels was born September 8, 1919 to Fletcher and Sharity Daniels in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Mr. Daniels has two sisters. Attended Dunbar Elementary and Manual Training High School during junior and senior high. Discusses the curriculum offered at that time by Muskogee School System. Graduated from high school in 1937.

First came to Kansas City in 1946 as a postal clerk. Discusses living conditions of blacks at that time and information on their jobs at that time. Was the first black clerk to do window work. Recalls the Ruth Kerford incident and the beginning of blacks demonstrating against eating establishments' discrimination in Kansas City and all businesses which did not allow blacks the same privileges as whites. This led to the organization of the C.C.S.A. (Citizens Committee for Social Action). Continuation of actions taken by blacks protesting segregation in Kansas City.

Recalls first black public officials in Kansas City and new jobs for blacks. Kansas City, Missouri's black community's reaction to the assassination of Martin Luther King. Mr. Daniels also attended the funeral of King, and was one of the speakers during the riots in Kansas City.

Daniel's involvement with the NAACP. The organization of the Triple C. It's function and accomplishments. The black board members past and present, and how they were elected. Responsibilities of the school board members. The teachers strike of 1974 which lasted forty two days and the school board's effort to return the schools to order. Mr. Daniel's new appointment as chairman of legislative committee.The school board members and the present decision to furlow some three hundred or more teachers. School board and current problems of bussing or integration of the school system.

Long range perspectives, including the organizing of the present Task Force. Present school board members and their terms on the school board. What a quality school system should have (Mr. Daniel's opinion).
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Item ID210199
CONTENTdm number36277
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