Interview: John B. Summers, April 10, 1984

Title

Interview: John B. Summers, April 10, 1984

Subject

Political campaigns
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )
African American leadership
African Americans--Politics and government.
African American politicians.
African Americans--Employment.
Discrimination in employment.
Race discrimination.
Philadelphia (Pa.)--Social conditions.

Description

John B. Summers (b. 1888) was born in Columbus, Ohio. The son of an AME Church minister in Columbus, Summers was raised by a prominent family in Ohio, before moving to Philadelphia in 1918 after being rejected for the draft. Summers was able to find work at Hog Island Shipyard thanks to family connetions, which started his long career in politics and working with the labor organization movement. Summers would become one of the leading figures of politics in the African American community, although he mostly worked behind the scenes, and played a key role in their switch from Republican to Democrat.

Date

1984-04-10

Format

audio

Identifier

2014OH185GN037

Interviewer

Charles Hardy

Interviewee

John B. Summers

Interview Keyword

Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923.
African Americans--Societies, etc.
African American newspapers.
Civil rights demonstrations
Civil rights movements--United States

Files

Summers_OH.jpg


Citation

“Interview: John B. Summers, April 10, 1984,” Goin' North, accessed October 22, 2019, http://goinnorth.org/items/show/1069.