Oral history of Zizwe Allette
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Zizwe Allette is an instructor at the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition Youth Opportunity Center, known as YO! Baltimore Eastside, a non-profit organization operated by the City of Baltimore and Johns Hopkins University to support education and job training for out-of-school youth. In this interview, Allette describes growing up in West Baltimore with his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Trinidad and Grenada. He shares how his parents' attitude toward education and politics shaped his own academic career and how he began teaching. Allette also discusses race, politics, and the influence of Johns Hopkins in East Baltimore communities.