Interview with Les Campbell

And briefly, could you mention the regions, like how Harled, Bed-Stuy, you know, all these regions--


Well, as you know, New York City has always been, had this kind of re--neigh--neighborhood, re--regionalism. This sort of competitiveness among neighborhoods. You know, the people feel that Harlem is the most relevant neighborhood. And others say, "No, it's Bedford-Stuyvesant." Or, "No, it's the South Bronx." Or, "No, it's South Jamaica." But I think that when we began to move on this education issue, people realized that it didn't matter whether you were living in Harlem or South Jamaica or Bed-Stuy or the South Bronx, that we were receiving the dirty deal around the question of education, so that when we began to move on this, began to confront the powers that be, around this question of education, all of the communities came together. Leaders from Harlem came to speak in Brooklyn. Leaders from Queens, I remember David Spencer from the IS-201 project, he came out to support us. I remember Dick Gregory, who, at that time was a national leader, came in here to support us. H. Rap Brown came in. The head of the Urban League, the late Whitney Young, he came in. Groups and, ah, leaders from all over the city and all over the nation came in to give support to the parents at Ocean Hill-Brownsville.