In this 2012 interview, Shelley Stokes-Hammond speaks about growing up in the city of Cleveland and then transitioning to the ever growing diverse community of Ludlow. She speaks about her lack of knowledge of racial aggression as a child, and the peaceful community she was raised in. She briefly discusses the attitude and tensions in the early days of the Ludlow integration, and the African-American response to the integrated housing plan put forth by the Ludlow Community Organization. The Van Sweringen effect on racism and segregration in Shaker is described, specific memories like the Martin Luther King assassination, her uncle Carl Stokes, and her father are also remembered. Though the original interview was over sixty minutes long, a large chunk of it was lost due to technical difficulties.
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