Richard Watson Oral History Interview (AOH1093X20111010watson.mp3)
Richard Watson (March 24, 1946- ), a North Carolina transplant, spent his formative years in North Philadelphia just a few blocks south of Columbia Avenue. Mr. Watson recalls his experiences living in the city at a time when neighborhood gangs were rampant. He presents his unique perspective as a young, black artist who managed to live within the community without succumbing to such pressures, while maintaining a level of acceptance. Mr. Watson witnessed the looting of stores along Columbia Avenue in the summer of 1964 and was involved with numerous activist organizations supportive of the cause to end segregation at Girard College. Mr. Watson speaks about his impressions of Cecil B. Moore as a civil rights leader and organizer in a community of people who according to Watson, had no "political acumen." He also discusses his interactions with other prominent figures in the civil rights movement in Philadelphia including radio personality Georgie Woods and Reverend Paul Washington.
Civil Rights in a Northern City Desegregation of Girard College Columbia Avenue Riots
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