Interview with Les Campbell

Could you describe the march across the Brooklyn Bridge? It bega--began in city hall, went to 110 Livingston Street. What was the reason and, and talk us through that.


Well, certainly one of the proudest days of the Ocean Hill-Brownsville struggle was the march that took place in late October of 1968. This march showed that Ocean Hill-Brownsville was not just an instance of confrontation, that it was in fact a city-wide symbol. And, I think was approximately 30,000 people gathered at City Hall Park, and we marched arm-in-arm, locked, across the Brooklyn Bridge to the Board of Education. And it was a veritable sight to see so many people, a broad cross-section of people in the educational struggle, ah, Dr. Galamison, Rhody McCoy, Dick Gregory, Al Vann, Rap Brown, Sonny Carson, leaders from the Republic of New Africa, all locked arm-in-arm, and it showed a tremendous amount of unity. It showed that we were not going to be denied around this issue of changing the New York City public school system. And when we reached 110 Livingston Street there was a massive rally. And, I think that the message that was given that day was that the Black community's demand for change within the New York City school system was not going to be denied.