An Interview with Paul Parks, March 16, 2009 [transcript]
Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Lower Roxbury Black History Project Creator (Creator)
Parks, Paul (Interviewee)
Parker, Lolita, Jr. (Interviewer)
Date created
March 16, 2009
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born digital
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An interview with Paul Parks (1923-2009), a former engineer, civil rights activist, and shaper of education policy in Boston. Parks was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and he entered the engineering program at Purdue University. As a sophomore, Parks was drafted into the army and served with a combat engineering unit during World War II. After the war, Parks earned a doctorate in engineering from Northeastern University, and he became heavily invested in community and political organizations in Boston, like the NAACP. Parks talks about some of the problems facing Boston Public Schools, including segregation. In the late 1960s, Parks was named the Administrator of the Model Cities Program in Boston, and he talks about some of the program's lasting impacts on the Lower Roxbury area. This interview was collected as part of Northeastern University's Lower Roxbury Black History Project (2007-2009).
An Interview with Paul Parks, March 16, 2009, Lower Roxbury Black History Project records, 2007-2009 (M165), Archives and Special Collections Department, Northeastern University Libraries, EH 2.
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Lower Roxbury Black History Project records (M165)
An Interview with Paul Parks
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Parks, Paul
African American neighborhoods -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Community development, Urban -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Segregation in education -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Oral history
Roxbury (Boston, Mass.)
African Americans
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