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

Brooklyn Historical Society
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Brooklyn 11201

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Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on March 08, 2021
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 Revised by Maggie Schreiner Revised by Amy Lau  , June 2019 , March 2021

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Justice Whitaker, 2012 April 26; 2012 May 17

Biographical note

Justice Whitaker was born to a white American mother and an African American father in Arroyo Grande, California. Whitaker received a B.F.A. in film and television production from New York University and studied education at Long Island University, both located in New York City. He worked as an artist and media educator in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Whitaker discusses his childhood in Arroyo Grande, California; racial identity; experiences with racism, stereotyping and profiling; perspectives on activism and politics; parents' courtship, marriage, divorce, remarriages, and children; father's military service; and work as a filmmaker and educator. Interview conducted by Sady Sullivan.

Related Materials

Oral history with Justice Whitaker's partner, Alicia Piller, 2011.019.016.027.

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

  • Teachers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Bullying in schools -- California -- Arroyo Grande
  • Racially mixed people
  • Unitarianism
  • Interfaith families
  • Race identity
  • Racial stereotyping -- California -- Arroyo Grande
  • Racially mixed families

Subject Places

  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Arroyo Grande (Calif.)
  • Portland (Or.)