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Jean L Konzal Papers

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QC Senate Report
Volume II, No. I
April 17, 1963
Public Relations Committee
Virginia Tutorial Program
The Virginia Student Help Project was conceived by Fredrick McCarthy and Paul Friedman in August, 1962. They perceived the need for someone to…

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Queens College C.O.R.E. Presents
Benefit Concert
Starting Dick Gregory, Herbie Mann, Chinco Hamilton & Quintet, Clark Terry & The All Stars
Other Name Artists & Guest Speakers to be announced
At Carnegie Hall
W. 57th Street & 7th Avenue

Longwood, Birthplace of General Joseph E. Johnston
Farmville in the heart of old Virginia

A photograph depicting a doctor's office with a "Colored Entrance - Rear of Building" sign in front of it


Jean L Konzal Papers


As a Queens College student, Jean Leanore Konzal, née Stein, became a volunteer with the Student Help Project, an initiative that provided free tutoring services to under-served children in South Jamaica, Queens (circa 1962-1968). During the summer of 1963, sixteen members of the project, including Konzal, travelled to Farmville, Virginia, to provide instruction to the African-American children of the county. The children had otherwise been denied formal public education since 1959, when the county defunded and closed its schools rather than comply with federally-ordered racial integration. The collection includes personal and printed materials, newspaper articles, photographs and letters documenting Jean L. Konzal’s experiences with the project in 1963 and, to a lesser extent, other civil rights-related activism through 1965. This includes materials related to the March on Washington in 1963 and several organizations integral to the American civil rights movement: the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), the Youth Council for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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