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Charlsie Wyche Bodie

Interviewed By Pat Williams

Charlsie Wyche Bodie, a model and singer, moved to New York from Florida, where she had many opportunities to get involved in the Harlem's cultural and night life. One of her favorite haunts was the Apollo Theater, where she heard many great singers and also participated in Amateur Night. Charlsie went back to college several times to further her education and find new opportunities to have a good life. In this interview, she recalls a time when the people of Harlem, especially young people, had stronger values and when police discrimination seemed less prevalent. (Summary Written By: Anonymous)

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moving to New York (01:31)
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1952 (05:09)
In My Solitude (05:15)
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Dinah Washington (07:11)
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Savoy Ballroom (07:56)
Renaissance Ballroom (09:10)
Paramount Theater (09:29)
Frank Sinatra (09:39)
Small's Paradise (10:20)
YMCA (10:50)
Shoe Shine Parlor (10:54)
the Dodgers (11:02)
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Newcombe (11:13)
Roy Campanella (11:14)
Nineteen (11:27)
Millinery (12:12)
39th and 5th Avenue (12:24)
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U.S.O in Miami (14:57)
Eleanor Roosevelt (15:33)
Marian Anderson (16:32)


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Interview Data

Date of Interview
July 30, 2014
Location of Interview
Home of Storyteller
Place of birth
Trenton, New Jersey
Retired; Former Telephone Operator; Public School Teacher
Dates in Neighborhood
1949 to time of interview
Birth Year
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About This Collection

A People's History of Harlem: A Harlem Neighborhood Oral History Project

This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Harlem history through the stories of people who have experienced it. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the surrounding Harlem neighborhood and train community members to conduct these interviews. Both longtime and more recent residents are invited to share their neighborhood stories, documenting Harlem’s past and present history. Interviews will be preserved at The Milstein Division, available in a circulating collection, and accessible here at the New York Public Library website.