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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Grannum, Colvin, 2008 January 8

Biographical / Historical

Born in 1953, Colvin W. Grannum was raised in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, where he studied at P.S. 130 Elementary and Erasmus Hall High School, and attended the Beulah Church of the Nazarene. He majored in religion at the University of Pennsylvania, received a law degree from Georgetown University, and subsequently practiced law for over seventeen years. After serving as the president of Bridge Street Community Development Corporation, Grannum was brought on as the president of Restoration. At the time of the 2008 interview, Grannum had held that position for over five years.

Scope and Contents

In this interview, Colvin Grannum, president of Restoration, speaks of his work at the Bridge Street Development Corporation (a community development corporation) and Restoration, and differentiates between faith-based and non-church-affiliated CDCs. He reminisces about growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, addresses the changes he's witnessed within the community, and discusses Restoration's role and opportunities in future development. He provides his thoughts on the United States' national politics and the 2008 presidential election. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

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Subject Names

  • Grannum, Colvin W.
  • Inniss, Charles E.

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Bridge Street Development Corporation

Subject Topics

  • African American churches -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community development corporations -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Community organi-ing -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Economic development -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Religion -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Spirituality

Subject Places

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