Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman Administration Oral History Project

Title

Bobby Bowden

Interviewee

Bobby L. Bowden

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Interviewer

Kerstein, Robert J.; University of South Florida Libraries -- Florida Studies Center.|Oral History Program; University of South Florida -- Tampa Library

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2006-01-25

Publication Date

9-6-2007

Abstract

During the tenure of Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman (1986-1995), Bobby Bowden served as the city's Director of the Department of Community Affairs, previously known as the Metropolitan Development Agency. He was employed by the city of Tampa from1968 until February of 2004. Mr. Bowden discusses city programs such as the Community Unity campaign, the Model Cities program, the Black History Month (February) program, East Tampa initiatives, and the HOPE VI project. He also discusses Tampa's College Hill area. Mr. Bowden talks about what it was like to grow up in Tampa's public housing developments, from the late 1940s through 1961, when he left to go to college at Florida A&M University. The interview ends with a discussion of Mr. Bowden's current position at the University of South Florida as the Community Liaison for the Institute on Black Life. There is also a brief mention of a project Mr. Bowden is working on entitled A Center for Africa in the Diaspora.

Keywords

Race relations

Subject: topical

Race relations

Subject: geographic

Tampa (Fla.)

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories, Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Tampa Mayor Sandy Freedman administration oral history project

Identifier

F50-00002

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