Homer C. Floyd
Interview Length: 43 minutes
Interview Date: September 9, 2009
Interview Location: WHBG Channel 20, 223 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA
Born in the South but raised in the Midwest, Homer Floyd went to University of Kansas on a football scholarship. After graduation, he played in Canada's professional league, but soon realized "there was life after football" and became active in civil rights. He came to Harrisburg in 1970 as executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) and has worked effectively with numerous state and city administrations, beginning with Gov. Shaffer and Mayor Swenson. Floyd oversaw desegregation of the Harrisburg School District in 1974 and the integration and the hiring of women onto the Harrisburg police force. He was also a member of Club 21, the first African American group allowed to meet at the Penn Harris Hotel, when it was formed sixty years ago.
- Homer Floyd talks about where he grew up, Massillon Ohio, his schooling and his career path.
- Homer Floyd talks about civil rights problems in Kansas.
- Homer Floyd talks about the Human Relations Commission, his first impression of Harrisburg.
- Homer Floyd talks about busing in Harrisburg, Dr. Porter, and the desegregation of Harrisburg.
- Homer Floyd talks about some of the committees and boards he is involved with, and Bud Ulen.
- Homer Floyd talks about members of the Black Caucus, the fraternity he belongs to, AARP, Club 21, and mayors and governors that he remembers.
- Homer Floyd talks about outstanding people he worked with at the Capitol.
- Homer Floyd talks about the flood of 1972.
- Homer Floyd talks about his strongest memory of Harrisburg.
- Homer Floyd talks about activities on the river, changes in Harrisburg, and the future political climate.
- Homer Floyd talks about stores he remembers in Harrisburg, and the revitalization of Harrisburg.
- Homer Floyd talks about Harrisburg University, HACC, and Pennsylvania's state budget crisis.