Wally Rosenthal, Full Interview
Collection: Queens Memory Project Collection at Queens College Libraries' Department of Special Collections and Archives: Wally Rosenthal
Description: Walter "Wally" Rosenthal was born and raised in Flushing, Queens. In 1941, his parents moved from Jackson Heights to the home he grew up in. He moved with his family from Brooklyn back to his parent's old house in Flushing after they had passed away. His parents were politically progressive, although he was not aware of this as a child. In his teens, his mother brought him to an anti-nuclear demonstration in Manhattan, which had a great affect on him. His brothers both attended Queens College and were involved in the Civil Rights movement. Wally entered Queens College in 1964, following Freedom Summer when student Andrew Goodman was killed in Mississippi. He was very involved in anti-war activism while at school. He worked at the post office in Manhattan for 31 years. Now he is retired from the post office and teaches at York College part-time and volunteers with an immigrants' rights organization in Jackson Heights.
Cultural pluralism; Civil rights movements; Moving, Household; Segregation; Philosophy, Marxist; Busing for school integration; Russian Americans; Police brutality; Antinuclear movement; National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (U.S.); Goodman, Andrew, 1943-1964; John Bowne High School; Queens College (New York, N.Y.); New York Mets (Baseball team); Mississippi Freedom Project
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