Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Williams, Naomi R.

Publisher

University of South Florida Libraries

Date

2007-11-01

Publication Date

3-22-2011

Abstract

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.

Keywords

African Americans, Florida, Tampa, Social conditions, Social life and customs, Housing, History, Multiculturalism, African American poets, Poets laureate

Description

1 sound file (50 min.) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;

Subject: topical

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

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral histories; Online audio

Format

audio/mp3

Notes

Interview conducted November 1, 2007. Interviewed by Naomi R. Williams.

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Otis R. Anthony African Americans in Florida oral history project

Identifier

A31-00093

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