Oral history interview with E. L. Goodwin, Jr., 1971


Goodwin, E. L., Jr (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with E. L. Goodwin, Jr., 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of E. L. Goodwin, Jr. : oral history, 1971; Oral history of E. L. Goodwin, Jr., 1971
In this interview with Henry La Brie, Edward Lawrence (E. L.) Goodwin, Jr. discusses his education, family, insights on the black press, and work with the family-owned newspaper, the Oklahoma Eagle. Goodwin discusses his undergraduate education and his two years of study at Tulsa Law School. He describes the Eagle as a paper oriented to the black community one that would support justice initiatives . In addition, Goodwin discusses the repercussions the Eagle faced for taking a stand. Goodwin shares his views on what makes news, and the Eagle's distribution and subscriptions. He also shares his insights on the black press' ownership, and its role and contribution to alleviating the living conditions of America's black citizens. Goodwin also discusses the Eagle's staffing, his perspective of the most important section of the paper, and the importance of the black press to the black community.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalists; Editors; African American press; African American journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; Journalism--Political aspects; United States Race relations; Tulsa (Okla.); Goodwin, E. L., Jr; The Oklahoma eagle
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 33 pages
Note (Biographical)
Edward Lawrence (E. L.) Goodwin, Jr. (1935-2014), is the son of Edward Lawrence Goodwin, Sr. and Jeanne Osby Goodwin. He and his seven siblings were raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma. As a young man, Goodwin and his siblings worked for their father at the Okl ahoma Eagle. He later took responsibility as Managing Editor of the Eagle. Goodwin is a 1957 graduate of Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas; where he earned a degree in Journalism. Goodwin worked for the Indianapolis Voice, The Kansas City Star, Tulsa World, Sand Spring Leader, The Joplin Globe, and Daily Globe. He is known for his preservation and promotion efforts for Tulsa's historic Greenwood District; and was a voice for Civil Right Movement causes during the 1950s and 1960s. Goodwin and his wife, Alquita, had four children together, Eric, Greg, Sabrina and Regina. Decades later, Goodwin married Johnnie Mae.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on August 12, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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