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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

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Michelle Materre, 2014 June 6

Biographical note

Michelle Materre was born to African American parents and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Materre received a M.Ed. in educational media from Boston College in Massachusetts. She worked in film marketing and distribution, and was employed as a professor at The New School in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Materre discusses her Haitian, Native American, French, and German Jewish ancestry; family's roots in New Orleans, Louisiana; experiences with racially-motivated violence in Georgia and Louisiana; involvement in the Civil Rights Movement; social and academic experiences at a predominantly white private high school; work in the film industry; and impressions of contemporary political issues. Interview conducted by Jennifer Scott.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- Illinois -- Chicago
  • Civil rights movements -- United States -y 20th century
  • Independent films
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Slavery -- United States

Subject Places

  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • New Orleans (La.)
  • United States |x Emigration and immigration