Louis D. Bailey

Interviewed By Louise Sunshine

Harlem-born Louis Bailey has fond memories of growing up in a housing project on 113th Street in the 1960s, a time when neighbors looked our for one another. A social worker by trade, today, he works to fight environmental racism -- in Harlem and throughout the United States. (Summary written by: Nancy Broderick)

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We are not going to be judged by the monuments we build but by the monuments we destroy (35:42)
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We Act for Environmental Justice (53:20)
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Interview Data

Date of Interview
April 26, 2014
Location of Interview
We Act for Environmental Justice - Harlem
Date of birth
September 1, 1965
Place of birth
Harlem, NYC
Community Organizer
Dates in Neighborhood
1965 to 1997; 2013 to time of interview
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About This Collection

A People's History of Harlem: A Harlem Neighborhood Oral History Project

This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood and train community members to conduct these interviews. Both longtime and more recent residents are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting Harlem’s past and present history. Interviews will be preserved at The Milstein Division, available in a circulating collection, and accessible here at the New York Public Library website.