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Quintin Cross

July 1, 2016


Hudson, NY


Recorded by

Chance Grable

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Quintin Cross is a Hudson native, Chairman of the Board of the Staley B. Keith Social Justice center, and former alderman of Hudson’s Second Ward. In this interview Cross discusses the disciplinary and academic aspects of attending school in Hudson. In particular, Cross explains how being black influenced his schooling experience. Cross also discusses his experience running for alderman and the development of black electoral politics in Hudson. Cross explains how Hudson’s black politics fits into the broader development of black politics across the state of New York. Also, Cross reveals his approach to community empowerment and how it contrast to “newcomers” expectations. Throughout the interview Cross elaborates on his experience and consequent understanding of race, criminal justice and politics in Hudson.

This Interview would be of interest to anyone interested in Hudson’s black community, the development of black politics in Hudson, schooling in Hudson and the relationship between long term Hudson residents and newcomers.

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Chance Grable

Chance Grable is a historian of the twentieth century United States. Currently, he is a undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Chance is interested in using oral history to understand popular history and to engage narrators in a deep engagement with memory.

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