Interview with Les Campbell

Are there any particular incidents that you remember outside of IS-271?


Well, I remember several incidents. I remember very vividly the second strike, when the students marched out of the school and marched into the street, saying that they would refuse to, ah, stay in schools where these teachers who were fired were. And, ah, I remember the, um, exasperation on the faces of, ah, the representatives from the mayor's office and the Board of Education. They, all along, had felt that the students had no means of expressing their feelings. And so, when the students marched out, and there was a community-wide march through the streets of Ocean Hill-Brownsville, we showed another aspect of our power. We showed youth power. We showed that our young people, too, were able to think and act on their own.