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Focus: HOPE Oral Histories

 Collection
Identifier: UOH001737

Scope and Content

Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for 3 interviews. Josaitis is interviewed twice individually and again in a joint interview with Senator Levin. Josaitis and Levin discuss the mission, history, work, impact, and legacy of Focus: HOPE, including significant efforts, notably, its food distribution and job training programs. They discuss, too, their friendship and working relationship. Josaitis also talks about her upbringing and early family life in Detroit; reactions of family and friends to her involvement with Focus: HOPE; her development and growth as an activist and leader; the history of the agency's physical spaces; the organization's visionary co-founder, Father William Cunningham, and the inspiration she drew from him; other individuals and organizations vital to the success and growth of the agency, including agency volunteers, area churches, and politicians at local, state, and national levels; and examples of those helped by Focus: HOPE.

Dates

  • 2007-07-10
  • 2007-10-19

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Final transcripts are open for research; recordings are closed at the request of the interviewees.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

RESTRICTIONS: Due to the personal nature of oral history, the Library prohibits use of the material in any way that infringes on individual right to privacy, or results in libelous statements or slander, in accordance with U.S. law.

History

In 2007, Reuther archivist William LeFevre conducted an oral history on the organization Focus: HOPE, interviewing its co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and longtime supporter Senator Carl Levin. The civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. Its aims were and are to overcome racism and poverty and foster social justice, racial integration, and urban employment through food distribution, human relations, and job training programs that have become models for similar efforts worldwide.

Extent

.25 Linear Feet ((1 MB). ) : Consists of 3 printed transcripts.

57.829 Megabytes ((16 files). ) : Consists of MS Word documents and MP3s.

Abstract

In 2007, Reuther archivist William LeFevre conducted an oral history on the organization Focus: HOPE, interviewing its co-founder, Eleanor Josaitis, and longtime supporter Senator Carl Levin. The civil and human rights organization Focus: HOPE emerged in March of 1968 in the aftermath of the 1967 Detroit riots. Its aims were and are to overcome racism and poverty and foster social justice, racial integration, and urban employment through food distribution, human relations, and job training programs that have become models for similar efforts worldwide. Collection consists of recordings and transcripts for 3 interviews. Josaitis is interviewed twice individually and again in a joint interview with Senator Levin. Josaitis and Levin discuss the mission, history, work, impact, and legacy of Focus: HOPE. Josaitis' interviews also center on her personal life, activism, and co-founding and management of Focus: HOPE with Father William Cunningham.

Arrangement

Transcripts are arranged alphabetically by interviewee last name.

Acquisition

Donated by William LeFevre, Walter P. Reuther Library, circa 2007.

Other Copies

Transcripts are also available digitally as Word documents.

Related Materials

Focus: HOPE Records

Processing History

Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet on September 29, 2016.

Creator

Title
Guide to the Focus: HOPE Oral Histories
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library. Finding aid written by Rebecca Bizonet.
Date
2016-09-29
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Description made possible by funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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