Interview with Samuella Gates

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Interview with executive director of the Department of Urban Affairs Samuella Gates. Gates discusses her family background in Texas, coming to Kansas City to work as a teacher at the age of 24, working for the local Girl Scouts council and various government jobs, and marrying and moving to Atlanta where she worked in education and job training for adults. She also recalls her memories of the World War II years, including teaching and raising a family in Texas, California, and Arizona, and working with the Model Cities program after returning to Kansas City in the late 1960s. She also discusses her experiences in Kansas City churches, shares her views about past US presidents, prominent Black intellectuals and activists, and local politicians, her thoughts on the women's liberation movement, and her career aspirations and concerns.

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Part 2 - 1:03:53
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This project was funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library.
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