Minnie Douglas interviewed by Angela Salter, July 31, 2015, Long Beach, California, Oral History # 5624, transcript, Women Politics, and Activism Since Suffrage, Center for Oral and Public History, California State University, Fullerton.
An oral history of Minnie Douglas, a former nurse, instructor, and public servant in the City of Long Beach, California. The purpose of this interview was to collect her life history, details of her nursing career, and public servant work in health and education. Specifically, this interview details her early life and family background in Bastrop, Texas; her parents involvement with the Civil Rights Movement; her experiences studying nursing at Prairie View A&M College and why she chose to go into this field; goes into detail about the higher education degrees she earned leading to her Ph.D. in administration in higher education from Pepperdine University; she discusses becoming a nursing instructor at Long Beach City College; her teaching style and student reactions; her role in helping Compton Community College receive accreditation from the Board of Registered Nursing; becoming the first African American coordinator of Student Health Services at Long Beach City College and her work goals; talks about her work with the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services and Leadership Long Beach; she discusses why and how she became involved with the Greater Long Beach American Diabetes Association and explains the challenges of preventative health care in communities of color; her involvement with and the mission of St. Mary’s Medical Center Foundation; her appointment to the Arts Council of Long Beach; her role in developing Better Learning After School (BLAF) and the purpose of the program; talks about her role as chairman of the California Conference of Equality and Justice and the Restorative Justice Program; she explains the impact and importance of Restorative Justice for children of color; she explains her leadership style; her definition of a public servant and how she considers herself a humanist; her thoughts on and definition of feminism; the importance of the education system for children of color; recalls attending segregated schools and the issues she witnessed such as placement; the formation and importance of the Advanced Placement Collaborative by the Long Beach Unified School District; her thoughts on contemporary United States politics; the differences in how men and women lead and how she stays true to herself; ends the interview with explaining how her nursing career and public servant work shaped the person she is today.
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