Williams, Naomi R.
University of South Florida Libraries
Oral history interview with James Tokley, Poet Laureate of Tampa, Florida. In this interview, Tokley discusses the history of Tampa's African American community and its influence on the city's development, in particular the Central Avenue business community and the Central Park Village housing project. In the late 1960s, Central Avenue began to decline. After integration, people could go to white-owned businesses and were no longer restricted to those owned by blacks, and urban renewal and the construction of Interstate 275 destroyed many of the buildings. Central Park Village was built in the 1950s to provide safe, affordable housing to low income families, and Tokley argues that stereotypes about the residents combined with political and economic conditions led to its demise. In this interview, Tokley also discusses his firm, Tokley & Associates, which does diversity effectiveness training.
African Americans, Florida, Tampa, Social conditions, Social life and customs, Housing, History, Multiculturalism, African American poets, Poets laureate
1 sound file (50 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;
African Americans--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Social conditions--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Social life and customs--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--Housing--Florida--Tampa; African Americans--History--Florida; Multiculturalism--Florida--Tampa; African American poets--Interviews; Poets laureate--Interviews
Oral histories; Online audio
Interview conducted November 1, 2007. Interviewed by Naomi R. Williams.
University of South Florida
Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida oral history project
Tokley, Eugene James; University of South Florida Libraries -- Florida Studies Center.|Oral History Program; and University of South Florida -- Tampa Library, "James Tokley oral history interview" (2011). Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project. 42.