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
William R. Meek, social worker and activist, begins by discussing how he became interested in social problems early on and why he pursued and earned a master's degree in social work (MSW) at the University of Pennsylvania. He shows a particular interest in contemporary issues of discrimination and segregation in the United States. His experiences as a black man at war and in college at Penn State were particularly influential. Eventually Meek worked on trying to find a solution to the social problems that existed in North Philadelphia and in the city at large. Meek goes on to discuss his work experiences in Philadelphia, including his time as a teacher in social work at the University of Pennsylvania and his involvement with the Wharton Center as a social worker. He ends by discussing his involvement with the political organization of the black community in Philadelphia, its leaders, and the issues around which they organized.
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.
Digital Collections Rights Statement for Use of This Content
This material is subject to copyright law and is made available for private study, scholarship, and research purposes only. For access to the original or a high resolution reproduction, and for permission to publish, please contact Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center, firstname.lastname@example.org, 215-204-8257.
This is a transcript of a tape-recorded interview. The interviewee/narrator read the transcript and made minor corrections, but the reader should bear in mind that it represents a transcription of the spoken word.
Note on ADA Compliance
For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accommodation, including help with reading this content, please contact email@example.com