Alcena Boozer - Oral History Interview

Title
Alcena Boozer - Oral History Interview
LC Subject
African Americans
Interviewee
Boozer, Alcena
Interviewer
Petersen, Chris
Description
Boozer discusses the multiethnic neighborhood she grew up in Northeast Portland, the significant places people in the community would gather at, how her family hosted black entertainers from out of town, such as Lionel Hampton. She describes her time in school at the challenges she faced in high school. She details the day of the Vanport Flood, what she saw, what she heard and how the community reacted. How she met her husband and her wedding day. She then discusses her involvement in civil rights in the 60s, public demonstrations in Oregon, Freedom Riders, the ongoing Civil Rights Movement in Oregon, names main figures of the Civil Rights movement in Portland, her thoughts on national Civil Rights activists such as Malcolm X, Dr. King and the Black Panthers. She discusses her feelings on the last draft board and "Project Return." Boozer explains her time at the Seminary, the transition from the Seminary to becoming a Reverend, her experience being Vicar of Emmanuel Missions in Birkenfeld and St. Philip the Deacon Episcopal Church, the changing demographic of St. Philip. Afterwards, she goes into details about past reverends, Ramsey Schadewitz, Karl Reich, Sally Lambert, and Richard Green. She concludes the interview by explaining the difficulty she had leaving the church when she retired, how the church is connected to the Urban League of Portland, and her thoughts her own life and what she has accomplished. Audio File via MediaSpace: http://media.oregonstate.edu/index.php/show/?id=0_g9vq6sui
Date
2012-05-30
Rights
Rights Reserved - Free Access
Rights Holder
Oregon Multicultural Archives, OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Local Collection Name
Oregon Multicultural Archives Oral History Collection (OH 18)
Format
application/pdf
Set
Oregon Multicultural Archives OSU Special Collections & Archives Research Center
Institution
Oregon State University
Created
2012-11-21
Modified
2012-11-21