Kermit J. Lind Interview, 10 June 2013

Lind grew up in Kansas and, after college, attended graduate school at the University of Chicago. He taught at Cleveland State University and lived first on Cleveland's near east side, then in Euclid before choosing Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights as an escape from the racial intolerance he felt characterized Cleveland's suburbs in the early 1970s. Lind became active in testing compliance with fair housing laws and returned to school to earn a degree in law. In 1977 he assumed the directorship of the Cuyahoga Plan, a fair housing organization committed to eliminating racial steering in suburban Cleveland. Most of the interview explores the shifting contours of housing discrimination and efforts to ameliorate it.

Participants: Lind, Kermit J. (interviewee) / Hollowell, Bethany (interviewer)
Collection: Racial Integration in the Heights
Institutional Repository: Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection

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Racial Integration in the Heights

Interviews in this series were collected by undergraduate students at Cleveland State University under the supervision of Dr. Mark Souther, with funding from the Office of the Provost. The series contains interviews with pioneers of suburban residential integration and social activists who supported peaceful managed integration/desegregation and fair housing in Cleveland Heights and Shaker Heights in the 1950s to 1970s.