Campbell Barr, Shirley 2007-10-10

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Interviewee Name: Shirley Campbell Barr

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Date: October 10, 2007

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 00:52:18


Background, Born in Costa Rica, Family history, Father’s work, Father’s education, Free from the ‘40s, Separate Jamaican schools, Origins of Afro-Costa Ricans, Caribbean origins, From slavery, Not accepted as Costa Ricans until ‘30s, Segregation and racism, Separate Jamaican culture, Unwillingness of people to learn other languages, “Whitening” of cultures, Racist immigration laws before ‘50s, Black population in Costa Rica, Always only black student in her classes, Never held her back, Education, Liked writing, drama, Wanted to be in contact with people, Agricultural engineer, Anthropology, Pride and knowledge of self, “I was born black. Everything is a consequence of that”, Has joined many pro-black movements, Discovers things about self everyday, Has joined pro-women movements, Has to use her voice to help, Work, Investigations, Women’s rights, HIV, Orphans, The poorest of poor in Latin America, Relativity of “whiteness”, Educating people on poverty, Costa Rica could be exception, Difficulty of job, Not too difficult, People turn a blind eye, United States ignorance, Amounts of afro-descendants in Latin America, Afro-descendants keep growing, Black movements, Same struggles, Must join forces, Latinos and afro-descendants never join, Cesar Chavez vs MLK streets in Lubbock, Latinos are still racist, Optimist, Poetry shows optimism, Faith, Working through adversity, Children are hope, Closing remarks, Common person with dreams, Always working, Importance of education, Richness of Latin American culture

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