Winston Ritchie Interview, 29 June 2012

Winston Ritchie, a Shaker Heights resident, was the Vice Mayor of that city. He describes his childhood experiences and how issues of race affected him as a child. Some of these issues were faced by his children while they were going to school. While Ritchie used race a light-hearted source of humor during his campaign, he takes the integration of Shaker Heights very seriously. It was the most important issue for him during his time in office. He is proud of his efforts in Shaker Heights and of his small role in the Civil Rights Movement. He shares interstesting stories about how he and his wife went to the March on Washington in 1963 and heard Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Participants: Ritchie, Winston (interviewee) / Halligan-Taylor Gabriela (interviewer)
Collection: Shaker Heights Centennial
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Shaker Heights Centennial

These interviews, conducted by students as part of a CSU Provost-funded Undergraduate Summer Research Award project led by Drs. Mark Souther and Mark Tebeau, supported commemoration of the Shaker Heights Centennial in 2012. For more information, please visit: