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Sandine, Robert, 2004 October 26

 Part of Collection
Call Number: RU 1055, Series Accession 2008-A-001

Scope and Contents

Bob Sandine discusses his move to New Haven from Minneapolis in 1960 for his and his wife's dual enrollment in the Yale Divinity School. He describes their experiences living in different New Haven neighborhoods, first in the Divinity School housing, the East Rock neighborhood and, later, Rockview Brookside, a public housing project. He details the area and neighborhood environment in Rockview Brookside, describing it as a predominately black-settled area. He talks about his family's decision to live there and discusses their relatively easy adjustment to being one of the few white families in the area. He shares anecdotes detailing the reactions of other whites against their residence in a predominately black neighborhood. He describes his community involvement as a field worker and church ministry leader. He also talks about his experiences as a high school teacher, acting coach, and school administrator. He describes his perspective of public school teachers getting involved in the Civil Rights Movement by restructuring the school curriculum and participating in teach-ins and school protests. He discusses his role in various religious and civil rights initiatives, committees, and projects encouraging religious tolerance, multi-racial dialogue, and community participation. He shares anecdotes of several groups, including Yale Religious Ministry, Ecumenical Associates, and the Black Panthers. He mentions several individuals, such as Yale Religious Ministry leader Bill Coffin, Yale Divinity School professor Charles Foreman, and Rabbi Goldberg of the Miskin Israel Synagogue.

Interviewer: Johnson, Emily

Length (min): 57


  • 2004 October 26

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Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

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