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African American Faculty and Senior Staff Oral History Project

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Henrietta Harris Transcript

Conducted by Nadine Wilmot in 2002-2003, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2005.


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San Jose native Henrietta Harris taught courses in UC Berkeley's Drama department from 1954-1969. A formally trained classical singer and performer, she toured Europe and the United States performing a repertoire of German lieder, art songs, and spirituals. Ultimately she left the world of music for her passion: theatre. In 1964, she founded the Aldridge Players West, a pioneering black theatre ensemble that performed in San Francisco and toured historically black schools in the South.

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