Interview with Milton A. Galamison, June 17, 1964

Reverend Milton Galamison (1923-1988) was a clergyman and civil rights leader in New York City. Born in Philadelphia, Galamison later received his bachelors from Lincoln University in Montana and his masters in Theology from Princeton University. At the age of 25, Galamison became pastor of the Siloam Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn, New York from 1948 until his death in 1988. In 1955, Galamison was elected chair of the NAACP Schools Workshop. Later, after serving one term as President of the Brooklyn chapter of the NAACP, Galamison resigned in order to devote more time to addressing school integration. He founded the Parent's Workshop for Equality in New York City Schools and the Citywide Coalition for Community Control. In his work to integrate schools within the New York City system, Galamison organized boycotts of New York City Schools. In 1968, Galamison was appointed to the New York City Schools Board of Education. In this interview, Reverend Milton Galamison discusses the issues of integration and segregation of the New York City school system at length. Galamison describes his standards for integration and discusses what integration means to the larger community of African Americans. Galamison discusses the current state of the New York City school system, its progress toward desegregation, and his own participation working toward desegregation of these schools. In addition, Galamison discusses African American culture and describes what he calls an "affinity" toward African cultures.

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