Anita Anderson oral history with Matthew Smith
- Anita Anderson oral history with Matthew Smith
Interview with former UMass student, Anita Anderson, about her experiences on campus during 1968-1970, and her life as a musician and activist. Born in Springfield, Mass., Anderson came to UMass through her connection to Outward Bound and on a scholarship from the UMass Committee for the Collegiate Education of Black Students (CCEBS). She was a part of the black student community and general Black Pride movement, but was not overtly political or "militant." On a whim, Anderson left college during her sophomore year to pursue what would become a successful singing career in Los Angeles. Anderson worked with musicians such as Chaka Khan, Charlie Wilson, and Ray Charles, and got to travel the world as a singer. At the time of the interview, Anderson was producing a gospel album, and working as an HIV activist in her current hometown of Pittsfield, Mass.
- Anderson, Anita
- Smith, Matthew
November 27, 2018
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Oral histories (document genres)
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University of Massachusetts Amherst. Black Pioneers Project Records
African American college students
Instruction and study
African American women singers
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