Transcript of full Rembert Brown inte...

Transcript of full Rembert Brown interview

There are 2 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 2, 2008, titled Transcript of full Rembert Brown interview. In it, Newsday reports that:

My name is Rembert H. Brown. The H stands for Hale. I was born in a little place called Smokes, South Carolina, on October 20, 1921.

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JOHN W BUGLER

Milford, CT

#1 Feb 4, 2008
IN OR ABOUT 1960 IN THE VILLAGE OF ROCKVILLE CENTER THE ADMINISTRATION UNDER MAYOR HARRY LISTER SOUGHT TO REMOVE ALL AMERICANS OF AFRICAN DECENT WHO LIVED IN PRIVATE HOMES IN ROCKVILLE CENTER.FROM THEIR HOMES BY CONDEMNING THEM UNDER URBAN RENEWAL.

THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD WAS DESIGNATED AS
"BLIGHTED" AND AS SUCH HAD TO BE DESTROYED UNDER URBAN RENEWAL.

THIS WRITERI TOGETHER WITH DR. SORLEY AND DR. HARRY BENNAKASA [NOT SURE OF SPELLING -HE OWNED A DRUG STORE ON PARK AND MERRICK ROAD-HE LIVED IN THE BLIGHTED AREA DESIGNATED DISTRICT.]

THIS WRITERI LIVED IN BALDWIN AT THE TIME.
HEI READ ABOUT IT IN THE PAPER.[LOCAL ROCKVILLE CENTER PAPER] OR NEWSDAY OR LONG ISLAN D PRESS.

HEI HAD ORIGINALLY PLANNED TO GO SOUTH BUT DR. SORLEY CONVINCED HIM THAT THERE WAS PLENTY OF WORK TO BE DONE RIGHT HERE IN THE NORTH.

MYSELF,DR. SORLEY,DR. BENAKASSA AND OTHERS HELD THE PROJECT BACK FOR FOUR YEARS.

IN THE END WE LOST BUT WE GOT A COMMITMENT THAT ALL NEW APARTMENTS BUILT WOULD BE MADE AVAILABLE FIRST TO ALL PEOPLE WHO WERE DISPLACED BY THE PROJECT.

IN SO DOING WE PRESERVED THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY IN ROCKVILLE CENTER.

SOME OF THE CONFRONTATIONS AT TOWN HALL WERE VERY HEATED.

THE BOTTOM LINE IS THIS:. WE SAVED THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY FROM BEING FORCED OUT OF ROCKVILLE CENTER.

GOD BLESS.

JOHN W. BUGLER
BUGLER.ORG
JOHN W BUGLER

Milford, CT

#2 Feb 4, 2008
THE FOLLOWING LINK IS A NEW YORK TIMES REFERENCE TO THE EVENT OF THE URBAN RENEWAL PROJECT THAT WE HELD BACK FOR FOUR YEARS GOING TO FRUITION.

http://bugler-john.50megs.com/URBAN%20RENEWAL...

NOTE THE MODEST RENT REQUIREMENTS ON THE NEW APARTMENTS.

ALL THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY OUR HOLDING THEM TO THE WIRE OF ACCOUNTABILITY FOR OUR DISLOCATED BRETHREN.

THIS WAS A MOST SPLENDID FIGHT-BUT IT SHOULD NEVER SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

THESE HOMES DEMOLISHED WERE BEAUTIFUL HOMES-THEY NEEDED A LITTLE PAINT AND THAT'S ABOUT ALL.

BUT AMERICANS OF AFRICAN ANCESTRY LIVED THERE AND MAYOR HARRY LISTER AND THE PEOPLE HE REPRESENTED WANTED THEM OUT OF TOWN.

WELL THEY DID NOT GO OUT OF TOWN. THEY ARE THERE STILL TO THIS DAY THANKS TO THE EFFORTS OF SOME GOOD SPIRITED PEOPLE.

GOD BLESS DOCTOR SORLEY AND DOCTOR BEN.... AND ALL WHO CARRIED WATER IN THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.

WITH EVERY GOOD WISH.

GOD BLESS.

JOHN W.BUGLER
BUGLER.ORG

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