“Learn About” Questions
- What is a brick mason?
- What sorts of job opportunities were there for young African American youth during the 1950’s and 1960’s in the south?
- What kind of salaries did young people make at during this time in history?
“Learn From” Questions
- What was my first job? How did I get it and how long did I have it?
- How would I describe my work ethic?
- How would I describe my family’s expectations of work ethic?
Well, the summer before going into Central, again, the neighborhood. I had a summer job. In fact, I had all of my summer jobs from my immediate block. And everybody should have that experience because one of the jobs was working for Mr. Jackson, who was the brick mason. And I always thought that he was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When he was the neighbor, he was the sweetest guy in the world. When we got on that job, he was gonna make me work and you know, I saw the side that was the contractor side that made him successful as a bricklayer. Anyway, I got two summers working for Mr. Jackson. I got one summer working in a country club as a locker room attendant and that was the summer before I went to Central.