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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Williams, David, 2008 May 12

Biographical / Historical

David Joseph Williams, aged eighteen, of the East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, had studied at Restoration's Youth Arts Academy since the age of five. An enthusiastic student of African drum teacher Delwyn Stanton-Gilkes, he performed throughout the five boroughs of New York City and in Guinea, West Africa. At the time of the 2008 interview, Williams was still attending drum class despite having passed the age limit in addition to being a student at Medgar Evers Middle College High School.

Scope and Contents

In this short interview, David Williams describes his involvement with Restoration's Youth Arts Academy, where he is a student of African drums. Williams discusses the impact arts education has had on his life, and reflects on arts programming in general. He talks about changes he's seen in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and recalls his move several miles south to East Flatbush. Interview conducted by Anasa Scott.

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Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires permission from BHS by contacting

Subject Names

  • Stanton-Gilkes, Delwyn
  • Williams, David Joseph

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Brooklyn Academy of Music
  • Youth Arts Academy

Subject Topics

  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Music education
  • Musicians -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Performing arts -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant (New York, N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)