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An Interview With Leo McKamey
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TitleAn Interview With Leo McKamey
AbstractInterviewer: Ophelia Webber. Interview recorded February 1, 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.
NotesListed under the category of politics. Leo McKamey was born in St. Louis, Missouri. In the interview he discusses his early life, organized labor and African Americans, running for state representative, etc.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 40, CD 40
Local SubjectState Representatives
Oral History
McKamey, Leo
African Americans
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionInterview Outline:

Leo McKamey was born in St. Louis, Missouri at 4417 McKinley Street. He was one of three children. Has a twin sister named Cleo, and a brother named Willie. Father worked for Curtis Manufacturing Company. His mother was a housewife. Formal education was obtained in St. Louis County. Attended high school at Lashun High in St. Louis. Attended Stove Teachers College and Lincoln University for a year then received a scholarship to attend the University of Chicago where he obtained a degree in Music.

Mr. T.J. Henning, a United States Senator, played a very influencial role in Mr. McKamey's life. He was drafted into the United States Army. He became affiliated with Local 555 in 1955 and this was with the Mason and Plaster Tenders. He was also involved in the bonding business with Mr. Albert Redding. His bonding office was located at 12th and Euclid.

McKamey discusses the horrible situations in the area of Blacks perpetuating organized labor. In 1973 he was requested by a black political organization known as "Freedom, Inc." to run for public office. His first year as state representative was during this time. He is particularly proud of his health care program. He was instrumental in establishing this program for the union. His political plans for the future include running again for re-election as a state representative in the spring of 1976.
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Item ID210252
CONTENTdm number36303
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