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Guide to the Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation oral histories 2008.030

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Alston, Peggy, 2008 January 28

Biographical / Historical

Peggy Alston grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. She attended Medgar Evers College and was a founding member of the Billie Holiday Theatre Company. At the time of the interview, Alston was the Director for the Youth Arts Academy, a part of Restoration's Center for Arts and Culture that provided professional-level arts training to youth from Bedford-Stuyvesant and New York City.

Scope and Contents

Peggy Alston discusses her experiences growing up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. She relates the importance of the arts in the development of children and adults, as well as the pedagogic philosophy of the Youth Arts Academy and her role as Director there. Alston observes the changes in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Restoration's role in its community. She also shows her appreciation for the arts in African-American culture and history. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

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

Subject Names

  • Alston, Peggy
  • Moon, Marjorie

Subject Organizations

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
  • Billie Holiday Theatre
  • City University of New York. Medgar Evers College
  • Society for the Preservation of Weeksville and Bedford-Stuyvesant History
  • Youth Arts Academy

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Arts -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Community centers -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Cultural facilities -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Housing -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

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