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Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan
January 28, 2008
Call number: 2008.030.01
Oral History Interview with Peggy Alston
Peggy Alston grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. She attended Medgar Evers College and was a founding member of the Billie Holiday Theatre Company. At the time of the interview, Alston was the Director for the Youth Arts Academy, a part of Restoration's Center for Arts and Culture that provided professional-level arts training to youth from Bedford-Stuyvesant and New York City.
Peggy Alston discusses her experiences growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. She relates the importance of the arts in the development of children and adults, as well as the pedagogic philosophy of the Youth Arts Academy and her role as Director there. Alston observes the changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Restoration's role in its community. She also shows her appreciation for the arts in African-American culture and history. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.
Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) and Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (Restoration) partnered on the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral history project in 2007-2008 to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Restoration's founding as the first community development corporation (CDC) in the United States. Nearly sixty interviews were conducted with founding Board members, supporters, activists, artists, tenants, and other community members. Audio clips from these oral history interviews were included in the exhibit "Reflections on Community Development: Stories from Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation" (BHS 2008, Restoration 2009).
CitationAlston, Peggy, Oral history interview conducted by Sady Sullivan, January 28, 2008, Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories, 2008.030.01; Brooklyn Historical Society.
- Alston, Peggy
- Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
- Billie Holiday Theatre
- City University of New York. Medgar Evers College
- Moon, Marjorie
- Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History
- Youth Arts Academy
- African Americans
- Community centers
- Cultural facilities
- Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
Finding AidBedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories