About this Collection
Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)
About this Interview
Dennis Clark discusses his work with the Philadelphia Housing Authority and head of the Housing Division of the Commission on Human Relations. He describes the racial tensions and conflicts that arose during the construction of low-housing developments. Clark notes the civic crises in Levittown, Pa. and intergroup realtions. He mentions the advisory committee including Sadie Alexander, Dorothy Montgomery, and Bennett Schauffler.
Biographical / Historical Note
Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.
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