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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher

Hickey, Matthew; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Office administrator Bernyce Ayesa Hassan-Fletcher was born in Philadelphia on December 29, 1922. After graduation from West Philadelphia High School, she went to work as a bookkeeper on an Oakland, California naval base. Following War II, she became one of the first African American women to work as a switchboard operator in Berkeley, California. She worked as an accountant for the city's largest co-op. After marrying Arthur Fletcher in 1964, she became Berkley High School's office manager. Moving with her husband to Washington, D.C., she managed the campaign of his 1968 bid for lieutenant governor. After a narrow defeat, she became office manager for his consulting firm. In 1980, First Lady Nancy Reagan named Hassan-Fletcher her office manager, making her the first African American woman to hold the post. At the end of Reagan's administration, Hassan-Fletcher returned to her husband's consulting firm. She passed away on October 15, 2015 at age 92.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
71 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher
Bernyce Ayesha Hassan-Fletcher
Credits
Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Washington, District of Columbia 2003 June 14.
Description
1 online resource (3 video files (1 hr., 10 min., 19 sec.)) : sound, color
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