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

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Grizer, Mel, 2014 January 1

Biographical note

Mel Grizer was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1938 to Jewish parents. He attended Temple University and earned a graduate degree from the University of Iowa. He moved to the Linden Houses in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1967. There he worked for United Community Centers, a local organization founded on principles of racial integration. He became the organization's Director in 1989, and currently serves as Acting President of the Board of Directors. Grizer lives with his wife and children in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Mel Grizer describes moving to public housing in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn in 1967, working with United Community Centers (UCC) to promote integration and the difficulties they faced from both the White and Black communities, the leadership and evolution of UCC through the years, White flight and the changing demographics of the neighborhood, the rise of crime and arson in the community, violence in local public schools, and political corruption. The interview was conducted at Grizer's home in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn by Sarita Daftary-Steel.

Subject Names

  • Grizer, Mel

Subject Organizations

  • Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club (39th district)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • United Community Centers, Inc

Subject Topics

  • Black nationalism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community organi-ing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jews -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Political corruption -- 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

Subject Places

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