Shawnta Smith, 2012 June 10
Shawnta Smith was born to a Belizean American mother and a Jamaican father and raised in the East Flatbush and Brownsville neighborhoods of Brooklyn. Smith received a B.S. in queer women's studies from the City University of New York, and an M.L.S. and M.F.A. in fiction from Queens College, all located in New York City. She worked as an archivist at the Lesbian Herstory Archives and as reference librarian at the City University of New York.
Scope and Contents
In the interview, Smith discusses her childhood and adolescence years in Brooklyn, New York; sexual identity; experiences as a queer activist; father's music and involvement in Rastafarianism; parents' divorce; and incidents of child abuse in her family. Interview conducted by Svetlana Kitto.
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Access to the interview is restricted. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.