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Milton Galamison Oral History
Caption: This is an oral history interview from the University of Kentucky’s library with Milton Galamison that discusses school segregation in New York City and protest against it.
Reverend Milton Galamison was the pastor of Siloam Presbyterian Church in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and a key figure in the struggle to desegregate New York City’s schools. As a religious and civic leader, he was the chair of the Education Committee for the Brooklyn branch of the NAACP, founded the Parents’ Workshop for Equality in New York Schools, and organized the Citywide Committee for Integrated Schools. The Citywide Committee was a collaboration between the Parents’ Workshop, the NAACP, the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the National Urban League, and the Harlem Parents’ Committee to organize the 1964 boycott.
In this interview, Galamison speaks about his work in New York and specifically why he pursued the desegregation of New York’s schools. To hear more of Reverend Galamison’s thoughts about school segregation and the boycott, listen to this podcast.1
Sabrina DuQuesnay, “P.S. 11: The Persistence of School Segregation in New York City,” Miseducation, The Bell, podcast audio, February 6, 2023, https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/id1220455698?ign-itscg=30200&ign-itsct=lt_p. ↩︎
Date: Jun 17, 1964
Creator: University of Kentucky Libraries
Source: University of Kentucky Libraries
Copyright: University of Kentucky Libraries
How to cite: “Milton Galamison Oral History,” in New York City Civil Rights History Project, Accessed: [Month Day, Year], https://nyccivilrightshistory.org/topics/boycotting-ny-schools/1964-boycotts/milton-galamison.
- Why does Galamison see desegregating schools as an imperative for equality?
- In this interview, Galamison identifies his vision for how efforts to desegregate schools move forward. What is that vision and how do you think he would set out to achieve it?
- How does Milton Galamison’s description of inequality in New York City schools in 1964 compare to New York City schools today? Is there the same type of segregation and inequality? Why do you think so?