Rashida Ismaili

Interviewed By Sylvie Kande

Professor of African Literature Ismaili Abu-Bakr Rashida gives her perspective on life in Harlem and the changes taking place in the area.

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1957 (00:41)
St Nicholas Terrace (00:53)
W130th st (01:43)
Before changes (02:53)
1 year (02:57)
St Nicholas Terrace (03:05)
1983 (10:24)
1985 (10:37)
garden (13:54)
abandoned (14:43)
coop (17:55)
residential (19:24)
Arthur Miller (19:49)
Oscar Hammerstein (20:02)
Hammy (20:09)
115th st (20:17)
1960s (22:51)
condominium (36:54)
West Africa (50:58)
Ghana (51:38)
special services (01:11:39)
Black Studies (01:16:04)
Rutgers University (01:16:10)
Essex Community College (01:16:15)
Jane Cortez, Amiri Baraka (01:22:40)
confines (01:24:23)
compressed (01:24:26)
115th st library (01:29:22)
Shoemberg (01:29:38)
City College (01:29:39)
painter (01:31:01)
Shaun Walker (01:31:07)
sculptor (01:31:33)
Martin Kelly (01:31:43)
Louise (01:32:11)
Rosa Gees (01:32:17)
Alvin Ailey (01:32:37)
playwright (01:32:45)
Rodney Kindricks (01:33:31)
Tracey Ross (01:33:38)
Diana Ross's daughter (01:33:45)
Minton's (01:33:58)
Bill Saxton's (01:34:22)
Veterans Bldg (01:34:36)
American Legion (01:34:40)
Tick Tock Club (01:35:56)
Monday' free (01:36:10)
Ray Charles (01:36:24)
Lenox Lounge (01:37:08)
boarded up (01:37:10)
jazz vespers (01:37:26)
salon (01:42:24)
Serafina (01:43:24)
synogogue (01:47:59)
St Thomas (01:48:05)
resist (01:50:54)


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Interview Data

Date of Interview
March 24, 2015
Location of Interview
Home of Storyteller
Date of birth
July 12, 1940
Place of birth
West Africa
Professor of African Literature; Behavioral Studies; Academic Administrator. Currently a mentor for MA/MFA in creative writing at Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Dates in Neighborhood
1957-58; 1985 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.