Oral history interview with Thomas L. Dabney, 1971


Dabney, Thomas L (Interviewee)
La Brie, Henry G (Interviewer)
Oral history interview with Thomas L. Dabney, 1971
Other Titles
Reminiscences of Thomas L. Dabney : oral history, 1971; Oral history of Thomas L. Dabney, 1971
Dabney describes his various professions and how he got started in each, including his introduction to journalism while at Virginia Union University, where he contributed a column to the school paper. Other topics of discussion include: a trip to Russia to study the Bolsheviks; Dabney’s research on the racial wage gap in education; his specialization in church news with the Norfolk Journal and Guid e; what makes good news; the most interesting story he covered; the differences between white papers and black papers; and his love of teaching.
Collection Name
Black Journalists oral history collection
Journalists; African American press; African American journalists; African Americans--Civil rights; Norfolk (Va.); United States Race relations; Dabney, Thomas L
oral histories
Physical Description
sound files : digital preservation master, WAV files (96kHz, 24 bit); 42 pages
Note (Biographical)
Thomas L. Dabney was born on March 15, 1894 in Richmond, Virginia. Dabney graduated from Virginia Union University in 1924 and later spent a year studying at the Brookwood Labor College in Katonah, New York. Dabney returned to Virginia and began teach ing. Through his time as an educator and principal he contributed to research, both independently and under the guidance of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, on the racial wage gap within education. This inquiry eventually led Dabney to be blacklisted by education officials. In 1945, he joined the staff of the Norfolk Journal and Guide. Dabney worked as a highly respected reporter for the publication for three decades.
Interviewed by Henry G. La Brie III on July 6, 1971.
Note (Provenance)
Henry G. La Brie III Gift, 1975
Library Location
Columbia Center for Oral History, Columbia University
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