Interview with Walter Allen, January 30, 2014

Collection: Richard B. Russell Library Oral History Documentary Collection

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Dr. Walter Allen, Sr. grew up in Allendale, South Carolina where he learned how to play the trumpet in his high school band. He began his music career as a teenager by playing in a variety of bands, including the military band during his service in the US Army. Allen became a music teacher in the Athens-Clarke County school system where he dealt with the effects of segregation and integration of the schools. He is involved in the city of Athens, and he volunteers his time to teach people in Africa with the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help in Kenya. Allen talks about how his childhood experiences have influenced his determination to fight injustices relating to race and poverty, especially within education.






Oral History Item Type Metadata


Athens, Georgia


67 minutes


Walter Allen, Sr. and Freda Giles, “Interview with Walter Allen, January 30, 2014,” UGA Special Collections Libraries Oral Histories, accessed September 30, 2020,