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Guide to the Sarita Daftary-Steel collection of East New York oral histories 2015.011

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Faulding, Anita, 2014 March 13

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Anita Faulding discusses living her life in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, especially her experiences with United Community Centers (UCC). She describes how she became involved with UCC as a teenager protesting against school segregation and how she later worked at the organization's integrated day care center. She also discusses living in public housing (Linden Houses and Fairfield Towers), White flight, and eventually leaving East New York for Long Island. Finally, she also speaks on public education, specifically on the effects of segregation and charter schools on students today. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Faulding's home in Baldwin, New York.

Biographical note

Anita (Fisher) Faulding was born in the Bronx, New York in 1950 into a Jewish family. Her family moved to the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1957. She became a member of United Community Centers, a local integrationist organization, as a teenager. Faulding attended PS 213, George Gershwin Junior High School, Thomas Jefferson High School, and Brooklyn College. After graduating college she moved to Fairfield Towers, and then later to Starrett City. She taught pre-school and elementary school in East New York until 2013. Anita married a Black man, Steve Faulding, and they moved with their children to Baldwin, New York (Long Island) in 1991.

Subject Names

  • Faulding, Anita

Subject Organizations

  • Fairfield Towers (Housing complex)
  • Linden Houses (Housing complex)
  • United Community Centers, Inc

Subject Topics

  • Charter schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community organi-ing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Day care centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • School integration -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Whites -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Baldwin (N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • East New York (New York, N.Y.) |x Social conditions