Title created by ACMA staff from title and interview location transcribed from physical asset.
The collection, Street Interviews, contains a series of interviews conducted with locals at various locations around Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood between April 3 and July 27, 1972. The five areas of focus for the street interviews include housing, unemployment, education, crime, and drugs. Interviews were conducted by James Campbell with Vilma Beraroucci running the camera. Most of the interviews were transferred to VHS in August 1990.
Group of African American teenagers and young adults discuss their employment and financial situations, working in the community, limited hours and pay, consequences of unemployment in community, and difficulty finding a job especially for black people. A few of them are veterans. School children talk about their education experiences, particularly teacher interaction with students. They want more teachers who help with student work and who care for the students. A middle school student speaks of bomb threats and student behavior at Johnson Jr. School. A young man speaks about methadone drug treatment and lack of job opportunities. He thinks the treatment center should focus more on helping with job placement. An adult male speaks about his observations of drug addicts and his opposition to drug legalization.
Interviews and b-roll footage of neighborhood. Part of Street Interviews. Dated 19720510.
Street Interviews: Congress Heights Shopping Area, Record Group 09-024, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
African American neighborhoods
African American youth
African American veterans
Discrimination in employment
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