Archive Tucson is the oral history project of Special Collections at the University of Arizona Libraries. This interview is with Shadrick Blair and covers the following themes:
- - Family and childhood in 1930s and 1940s Tennessee; school and work opportunities.
- - A brief stint at Tennessee State University followed by Air Force service.
- - Air Force experience in Philippines.
- - First impressions of Tucson: quiet segregation. Social life, music, and community. Employment discrimination. Churches, Meyer Street, dancing, neighborhoods.
- - The Civil Rights movement in Tucson during the 1950s and 1960s.
- - Hughes Aircraft and their hiring practices.
- - Tucson’s cotton industry in the 1950s.
- - Shad’s activism with the United Farm Workers in Yuma.
- - Work from the 1960s to 1980s, both independently and at Pima Community College; developing a form of instruction that utilized photography.
- - Urban Renewal and the destruction of Meyer Street.
- - Shad’s role in starting Pima College’s Aviation Technology program.
- - Starting the Afro-American Heritage Museum with Charles Kendrick.
- - Service on Tucson area boards.
- - Formation of UA steel drum club.
- - Racism in Tucson and beyond.
- - Suffering medical malpractice at University Medical Center in 1983.
This interview was recorded at the Afro-American Heritage Museum in Tucson, Arizona on March 26th, 2018.