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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Jorja Palmer

Stearns, Scott; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Community activist Jorja English Palmer was born on June 16, 1930, in New Madrid, Missouri. Graduating from Chicago, Illinois' DuSable High School in 1948, she attended Wilson Junior College. By 1960, she was a member of the Chicago Community Council Organization (CCCO), and a leader in the CCCO's historic school boycott, in which 80 percent of black families boycotted against "Willis Wagons," portable school classrooms brought to solve overcrowding. Palmer fought against police brutality, helping form the Black Crime Commission in the 1970s. In 1976, she married journalist Lu Palmer. In 1983, Palmer played an instrumental role in selecting a black mayoral candidate. The Palmers launched the largest black voter registration drive in U.S. history, convincing Harold Washington to run for mayor of Chicago. On October 22, 1992, Palmer established the Stanford English Home for Boys, the first group home for African American children in Illinois, named for her autistic son. Palmer passed away on December 29, 2005, at the age of 75.
Performers
Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
214 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Jorja Palmer
Jorja Palmer
Credits
Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded Chicago, Illinois 2002 June 24.
Description
1 online resource (7 video files (3 hr., 33 min., 51 sec.)) : sound, color
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