Transcript of interview with Vicki Richardson by Claytee D. White, August 19, 2003

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ohr000025
Title
Transcript of interview with Vicki Richardson by Claytee D. White, August 19, 2003
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Vicki Richardson conducted by Claytee D. White on August 19, 2003. As a high school junior in Wilmington, Delaware, Richardson was one of twelve African American students chosen to integrate the school system. A civil rights activist in high school and college, Richardson wrote letters to local newspapers and engaged in protests to desegregate public spaces. Inspired by Harlem Renaissance painters, Richardson paid her way through college by teaching art at a recreation center. She went on to Vanderbilt University and later the University of Chicago where she had a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study inner-city education. She taught at Forestville High School in Chicago where she was Chairwoman of the Art Department and later at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. Richardson owns Left of Center Art Gallery in North Las Vegas and several other local businesses.
Abstract
Vicki Richardson was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1945. As a junior in high school, she was one of twelve African American students chosen to integrate the school system. She was a civil rights activist in high school and throughout college, writing letters to local newspapers and engaging in protests to desegregate public spaces. At Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, Richardson studied philosophy and theology. Inspired by the artwork of Charles White, John Biggers, Aaron Douglas, and other Harlem Renaissance painters, Richardson decided that art was her calling. She paid her way through college by teaching art at a recreation center. She went on to Vanderbilt University and later the University of Chicago, where she had a Ford Foundation Fellowship to study inner-city education. She taught at Forestville High School in Chicago where she was Chairwoman of the Art Department and later at Rancho High School in Las Vegas, the city she settled in with her husband, Louis Richardson and their four children. After teaching in the Clark County School District for eighteen years, Richardson moved into the business world. She currently owns four local businesses in addition to the Left of Center Art Gallery in North Las Vegas. She considers the art gallery an educational tool for the community. "I look at it as a way of breaking down boundaries in the same way that music does, that dance does. It's our common denominator. It's something that all cultures have in common."
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CT247 .R52 2007
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Original Date (interview)
2003-08-19; 2004-01-29
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
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University of Nevada Las Vegas
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2391 x 3068 pixels; 8.0 x 10.2 inches; 22,315,932 bytes; 60 images
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24 bit color; 300 ppi

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