Steve Kropper collection on Florynce Kennedy, 1976, 2021
Audiotape of African American lawyer, political activist, civil rights advocate, lecturer, and feminist Florynce "Flo" Kennedy; a statement by collection donor Steve Kropper and electronic files are also included.
- Kropper, Steve (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials in English.
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment necessary to use any audiovisual material.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Steve Kropper is held by Steve Kropper during his lifetime. Upon his death, copyright will transfer to Geneva Kropper. Upon the death of Geneva Kropper, all right, title, and interest, including copyright and all extensions and renewals thereof, in and to the work will transfer to the President and Fellows of Harvard College. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
1071 Megabytes (6 files)
Collection consists of a statement by Steve Kropper describing his relationship with Flo Kennedy; an audiocassette recording of the speech Kennedy gave at St. Lawrence University; digital versions of the statement and audiocassette; and digital photographs of Kennedy alone and with Kropper. The beginning of Kennedy's speech is not recorded but the tape apparently begins early in her remarks. She encourages the audience to join her in singing political songs parodying traditional American songs and Christmas carols: these include songs beginning "My country 'tis of thee/Land of hypocrisy" and "Mine eyes have seen the glory of the flame of women's rage." Kennedy discusses the responsibility of her audience (apparently students) to be politically and culturally aware, particularly the need to understand the politics of oppression, as well as their responsibility to improve their university. She notes the existence of four kinds of oppression: personal, private, public, and political, and the ways in which they intersect. She also comments on her admiration for Idi Amin as the most revolutionary Black African leader, while also wishing he were "better"; observes that the students at St. Lawrence cannot be properly educated at a university without a women's studies department; notes her expectation of dying in the next few years; and also notes the interest of some of the audience in seeing a screening of the Alfred Hitchcock film Frenzy after her talk. The recording concludes with a question and answer session.
Florynce "Flo" Kennedy was an African American lawyer, political activist, civil rights advocate, lecturer, and feminist. Steve Kropper, a student at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, invited her to give a speech there on November 29, 1976.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Accession number: 2021-M181
The Steve Kropper collection on Florynce Kennedy was given to the Schlesinger Library by Steve Kropper in September 2021.
Processed: July 2022
By: Susan Earle
The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.
- African American women
- Electronic records
- Kennedy, Florynce, 1916-2000
- Political activists--United States
- Political ballads and songs
- Political participation
- Protest songs
- Speeches, addresses, etc.
- Students--Political activity
- United States--Social conditions--1960-1980
- Women's rights--Songs and music
- Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
- Language of description
- Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Eliza Taylor and George W. Ransom Memorial Fund, the Robert and Elizabeth Owen Shenton Fund, and the Fleisher Acquisition Fund.
- EAD ID
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