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

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Bristol, Carlos, 2014 July 29

Biographical note

Carlos Bristol was born in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, in 1940. His father was born in Brooklyn and was of mixed ancestry (African American and Dutch), and his mother was born in Brooklyn to Barbadian immigrants. As of 2015, he continues to live in East New York in the home his parents purchased in the 1960s. Bristol attended East New York Vocational High School (now Transit Tech Career and Technical Education High School), and then was incarcerated from 1958 to 1971. After his release he returned to East New York, and later earned a bachelor's degree from College of New Rochelle and a master's degree from Hunter College School of Social Work. Bristol has worked in various social service and community development agencies (such as the Fortune Society and Services for the Underserved), is active in community organizations (including the East New York Homeowners Association), and has run for City Council.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Carlos Bristol speaks about the African American enclave he lived in on Cleveland Street in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn, his experience in school and involvement with low-level youth gangs, his imprisonment, and his return to East New York in 1971, after which he became heavily involved in community organizing, youth development and mentorship, social services work, and the rebuilding of the neighborhood through the Nehemiah housing program. He recalls many ways that he saw racism affect the community and the development of the young people he grew up with, and about the decline in services that followed the decline in White population. He also talks about his belief that there are plans in place that are likely to bring significant changes to the neighborhood in the future. The interview was conducted by Sarita Daftary-Steel at Bristol's home in East New York.

Subject Names

  • Bristol, Carlos
  • Youngblood, Johnny Ray

Subject Organizations

  • East New York Vocational High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • J.H.S. 64 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Nehemiah Housing
  • P.S. 158 (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Thomas Jefferson High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Transit Tech High School (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • United Community Centers, Inc

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- 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
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Low-income housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Race relations -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Urban policy -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

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