Taylor DeBartola tells the story of his upbringing in Peachtree City, Georgia, a town he describes as “very conservative.” He discusses the competitive relationship he had with his younger brother who is close in age, as well as the role that religion played in their early life. DeBartola reflects on the way that he revealed his sexuality to his family, and the period of time where things between them were rocky, discussing the ways in which he had to be patient and allow his parents to “take their time” to accept him. Taylor then talks about his “chosen family,” and the way they all met at Dudley’s, a popular gay bar in downtown Charleston. He details the ways he sees gatherings with gay men changing in recent years, moving from public spaces to more private locations such as personal residences. Taylor also discusses gay married life in the South, later noting that he and his now-husband were “engaged when it was not going to be legal,” and stressing that young people should educate themselves on gay history, especially the HIV/AIDS crisis, which he stresses is far from over. He also talks about the ways that particular books shaped him and his desire to learn more about gay history, mentioning Harlan Greene’s Why We Never Danced the Charleston. DeBartola then describes the impact that artist and activist David Wojnarowicz has had on his life, and the ways that he has tried to trace Wojnarowicz’s and his partner’s time spent on a trip to Charleston. Finally, Taylor talks about his experiences being an openly gay College of Charleston student.
Ron Plunkett discusses his experience as an Irish-American in the South. His Irish family background is largely derived from County Meath, County Louth, and County Dublin, and the first ancestor of his to come to the States was Captain Peter Plunkett, who arrived in Virginia around 1690. Ron was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. His background is Welsh, German, and French Huguenot, as well as Irish. Ron was raised in the Episcopal Church. Of anti-Irish or anti-Catholic sentiment, he states that he feels such discrimination or prejudice wasn’t a part of his experience in Atlanta, and that religious or ethnic background didn’t seem to be as big of a deal as it might have been in other places. He also discusses his time in the service during the Korean War. He first visited Ireland in the seventies on business and returned several times through his job with Sealand/Maersk Line, speaking of his experience as a visitor in the best of terms. He is a member of the Hibernian Society of Charleston and the St. David’s Society, a Welsh organization. To him, being of Irish descent in America is about celebrating one’s heritage and knowing one’s history, to share pride in the contributions of one’s ancestors.
Job posting for the Education and Counseling Director for NAACP Community Development Resource Centers in Texas (Austin), Virginia (Richmond), Georgia (Atlanta), North Carolina (Charlotte), and South Carolina (Columbia).
Job posting for the Business Development Director for NAACP Community Development Resource Centers in Texas (Austin), Virginia (Richmond), Georgia (Atlanta), North Carolina (Charlotte), and South Carolina (Columbia).
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Application Bulletin providing information on applications subject to newspaper notice only, both newspaper and federal register notice, federal register notice only, federal register notice or newspaper notice, and recently approved applications.
Correspondence from Dwight C. James, 1st Vice President of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, to Audrey C. Fisher-Brown, Education Specialist of the Southeast Region of the NAACP, regarding educational issues in the Lowcountry.
"A Political Research Associates Topical Report" entitled, "Clouds Blur the Rainbow: The Other Side of the New Alliance Party," written by Chip Berlet regarding the New Alliance Party, "a black-led, women-led, multi-racial, pro-gay independent political organization."
Correspondence from Dolores S. Greene, Project Director for the Petersfield Human Services Corporation, to Blanchard Malan, U.S. Department of Commerce, regarding budgetary information with enclosed budget.
Correspondence from Mark J. Corey, Certified Public Accountant, to Allan Weimer, Grants Management Officer for the Office of Fiscal Operations Department of Health and Human Services, regarding the status of an "investigation of unemployment taxes charged to the Headstart program in program."
Correspondence from Fred W. Harris, Jr. and Paul T. Collier, the Regional Attorney and Acting Regional Attorney for the United States Department of Agriculture, to Paul R. Kugler, Assistant Administrator for the United States Department of Agriculture regarding COBRA Farmers Home Administration Applicant Organizational Documents.
Correspondence from the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization, inviting recipients to register for the "National Conference on New Strategies to Counter the Ku Klux Klan," including a preliminary program and registration form.
Correspondence from Charles C. Kirby, Director of the Child Nutrition Programs of the United States Department of Agriculture, to sponsors regarding Nonfood Assistance. Enclosed factsheet on the Nonfood Assistance Program.
Correspondence from Charles J. Baron and Frank E. Williams, Deputy Director for Programs and Training and Regional Director for ACTION - Region IV respectively, to all VISTA sponsors regarding revised instructions for re-enrollment and extension of VISTA volunteers.
Correspondence from John S. Hurt and B. I. Cheney, Jr., Action/VISTA Program Officer for South Carolina and Acting Regional Director respectively, to Bernice Robinson regarding early 1972 project review board.
Handwritten correspondence from Joe Daley of the VISTA Training Center to Bernice Robinson, thanking the recipient and other South Carolina Commission for Farm Workers staff for their help in a recent training cycle.
Photocopy of statement entitled, "Idealogical Statement of the Congress of African People," regarding Black Power, Pan-Africanism, and other topics, "adopted by the delegates in attendance at the 1st Annual Meeting of the Congress of African People."
Correspondence from James T. Coats, Regional Representative of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare Social Security Administration, to Esau Jenkins regarding the Thrift Honor Award for 1969.
Correspondence from Septima P. Clark and Bernice V. Robinson, Field Supervisors for the Citizenship Education Program, to "Freedom Fighters" regarding ways to help the SCLC and announcing conference details.
Correspondence from Christine O. Jackson, Director for the Coming Street Y.W.C.A., to Russell H. James, Director for the Southeast District of the U. S. Department of Agriculture, regarding the "special school milk program."