Oral History - Booker T. Gibson

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Oral History - Booker T. Gibson


Clip from oral history interview with Booker T. Gibson (SUNY Potsdam Class of 1952), interviewed by Jeanette Sanchez on November 10, 2012.


Gibson, Booker T. Interviewee.
Sanchez, Jeanette. Interviewer.


SUNY Potsdam. College Archives & Special Collections.




The oral history was conducted as a part of SUNY Potsdam's Fall 2012 "Oral History" course (ANTH 364/HIST 450).







Oral History Item Type Metadata


Sanchez, Jeanette.


Gibson, Booker T.


Booker Gibson's home (Merrick, Long Island, New York).


[Transcript of clip]

BG: Uhhh, one of the faculty members, Betty Baritaud, I don’t know whether you can spell her name, her husband was a conductor of the orchestra but she was like a female chorus teacher, something like that. One of the most beloved teachers really and beautiful. Anyway what they did for students who were down here in the New York area who had to audition, they didn’t have us come up there. They would come down here at uh Columbus uh Columbus College, how do you say it, Columbia College, and they would meet us there on certain days to audition and student violinists, trombonists, pianist, whatever, and Betty Baritaud and a couple of other teachers were there. And it was an interesting or exciting audition because they were tired of listening all these kids play the same things, so Betty Baritaud said, "Well, can you play some other set? Make up a piece.” Something like that she told me and I played some jazz and she liked that and she passed the word up to Potsdam. So they knew about me before I got there.


1 minute : 26 seconds

Bit Rate/Frequency

44.1 kHz

Time Summary

0:00-3:40 Introductions; early life; early schooling
3:40-4:50 Interest in music; Student Government; early music training
4:50- 9:22 Music Education at Crane; going to Potsdam; auditioning for Crane
9:22-11:37 Attending Potsdam; adjusting to Potsdam; experiences as a black student
11:37-12:46 Experiences of other minority students
12:46-16:10 Social life; Jazz Band; popularity at Potsdam; transition to life in Potsdam; interracial dating
16:10-1744 Martin Luther King Jr.; black faculty; black student population
17:44-21:20 First day at Potsdam; almost leaving Potsdam; Big Brother program; meeting people
21:20-24:24 SGA; (Student Government Association)
24:24-25:05 Potsdam location not attracting minority students
25:05-30:00 Juggling school and fraternity life; pinning ceremony; social life
30:00-34:25 The Raquette- The Tatler; looking at pictures; final remarks
34:25-44:32 Signing consent forms
44:32- 51:26 Delta Kappa Theta Song; Delta Kappa Pinning Ceremony Song



Gibson, Booker T. Interviewee. Sanchez, Jeanette. Interviewer., “Oral History - Booker T. Gibson,” SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections Digital Collections, accessed June 20, 2024, https://omeka.potsdam.edu/items/show/23.