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Guide to the Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection 2010.020

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Pierre, Lisa, 2010 March 24

Biographical / Historical

Lisa Pierre was born in 1960 at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Born to parents who'd come up to New York City from Georgia and North Carolina, Pierre attended Public School 316, P.S. 42, I.S. 320 and Prospect Heights High School. She is dedicated to her church, Washington Temple Church of God in Christ, and has worked to provide day care and pre-school in the neighborhood. She is a community activist, with involvement in the Crow Hill Community Association and Parent Teacher Association. Pierre is mother to an adult son and two grown daughters.

Scope and Contents

Lisa Pierre introduces herself in the interview as a dedicated congregant of Washington Temple Church of God in Christ. She recalls the four public schools she attended and the disruption of gang activity during the 1970s in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. She speaks about the child care services she provides at a nursery school and considers another career opportunity. Pierre remembers the games she played in the neighborhood of her youth and describes the surroundings then and now. She talks about her Crow Hill Community Association involvement, her pastor, Robert L. Madison, and the tradition of feet washing at the church. She looks back on her behavior as a teenager and what is required of a parent of teens in the current era. She also compares the offerings in the public schools that she experienced with what's been cut out of city schools since. She shares basic details on her family background and her birthplace. In conclusion, Pierre reminisces; about landmark movie theaters, hospitals and a bank; and recalls the Reverend Al Sharpton as young man at church functions. Interview conducted by Treverlyn Dehaarte and Alex Kelly.

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Subject Names

  • Pierre, Lisa
  • Sharpton, Al

Subject Organizations

  • Crow Hill Community Association (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)
  • Washington Temple Church of God in Christ (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.)

Subject Topics

  • Community activists -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Family life -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Games -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gangs -- New York (State) -- Kings Country
  • Home ownership -x Social aspects -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Hospitals -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Motion picture theaters -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Nursery schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Parents -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Pentecostal churches -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Public schools -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Religious life and customs
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)