Peggy Cooper Cafritz (Finding Aid)

Peggy Cooper Cafritz

1947 -

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Food: Asian Food

Favorite Time of Year: Autumn

Interview Length: 62 minutes

Interview Date(s): April 26, 2001

Interview Location(s): Washington, D.C.

Abstract

Educator and philanthropist Peggy Cooper Cafritz describes her family background and her life growing up in Mobile, Alabama, depicting a deeply Catholic household that was rocked by her father's suicide while she was in college. Cooper Cafritz talks about the race discrimination she faced during her schooling, and describes the oppressive segregation in Mobile.

Educator and philanthropist Peggy Cooper Cafritz describes her childhood personality, explaining how her rebellious spirit laid the groundwork for her activism during high school and college. Cafritz details her time at a private boarding school and at George Washington University, sharing many examples of her early activism.

Educator and philanthropist Peggy Cooper Cafritz describes her role in opening an arts school for inner city youth in Washington D.C., the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Cafritz also describes a series of photos depicting her life, family, and career.

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