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An Interview With Harold Holliday
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TitleAn Interview With Harold Holliday
AbstractInterviewer: Horace M. Peterson III. Interview recorded September 17, 1976. 4 sound cassettes (ca. 60 minutes): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 4 sound discs; digital; 4 3/4 in. Has printed guide to contents.
NotesListed under the category of politics. Harold L. Holliday was born June 28, 1918. In the interview he discusses his early life, mentions the Gaines case of 1933, Pendergast era in Kansas City, his becoming a lawyer and the law and African Americans.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 32, CD 32 (4 parts)
Local SubjectAfrican Americans
Oral History
Holliday, Harold L., Sr.
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionSynopsis of Interview:

Harold Lee Holliday was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, June 28, 1918, to James and Elijah Holliday. Biographical information on parents given. Came to Kansas City at an early age where he and his family tentatively lived with relatives. Received earliest education in Depew, Oklahoma. Earned money as early as eight years old delivering ice in the Leeds area with his uncle.

Recalls shining shoes for 10 cents to white customers at 27th and Jackson in front of a barber shop. Recalls racial slanders when working for Crown Drug Store. Attended Lincoln University and sold vegetables to earn his funds for school. His mother was fired from her job when her employer learned that her son was enrolled in college.

Discusses the Gaines Decision which was in State Supreme Court. He was inspired by this to become a lawyer. Attended University of Michigan, 1941. Was employed by Welfare, Department of Employment Security, Veteran's Administration, and Office of Price Stabilization. Recalls being only Black member of American Veteran's organization in Kansas City.

Recalls Richard Bolling was an active member in the organization. Pendergast movement and its effect--acording to Holliday, lynchings did occur in St. Joseph, Maryville, Columbia, and Sarton, Missouri. Harold Holliday's belief of the law and its effect on Black people. Other beliefs on the law and sustaining the civil rights ordinance in which Holliday was responsible for in Kansas City. Plans for future elections in aiding Blacks to receive accreditation. Progress of Blacks since 1960s. Representing Nathaniel Muhammed in recent case in Kansas City.
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Item ID210233
CONTENTdm number36294
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