Interview with Les Campbell

OK, briefly, could you tell the story about the bulletin board, about why you put it out there and then what happened?


Well, I had constructed in, when I arrived at Junior High School 271, I had very little means of communicating with the student body, with the teachers, and the adults in the school, and I decided that I would use the bulletin board as a means of communication. I constructed a bulletin board and put it in the rear hallway. And, ah, it was an immediate success. I had on there various pictures of Black heroes and heroines, I had, ah, various political slogans of the day, ah, pictures about Black history and so forth. And the kids took to it almost immediately and it became one of the most popular spots in the school. And, although other bulletin boards in the school had been torn down, this bulletin board was never touched. In fact, interestingly enough, it was touched the day after the assassination of Dr. King, it was ripped. And, ah, we didn't know who ripped it at the time, and we came to find out that it was ripped up by a White teacher. And the students became so incensed over the fact that this teacher would go to the bulletin board and destroy this bulletin board that it caused a very chaotic atmosphere in the school among the students.