These Bronx tales tell the story of the city's northernmost borough at its best and worst times--straight from the mouths of those who live, work or grew up there. --New York Daily News
The interviews in the book were conducted from 1982 to 1986 and include activists along with political and religious leaders. They tell their stories of triumphs and trials, living through "troubled years of arson, crime, abandonment" as well as poverty. --Bronx Journal
Stories of the Bronx in the 1970s often focus on the borough as a symbol of urban decay. But a new book, Bronx Faces and Voices, focuses on the people who played a positive role in that era of the borough's history. --Bronx Times
In Bronx Faces and Voices, sixteen men and women tell their personal, uncensored stories of the New York City borough--before, during, and after the troubled years of arson, crime, abandonment, and flight in the 1970s and 1980s. The voices in this volume are as eclectic as the Bronx itself: elected officials, religious leaders, and activists who were determined to preserve the beauty of their parks and stability of their community.
Portraits in this volume by noted photographers Georgeen Comerford and Walter Rosenblum document the Bronx "faces" in their beauty and diversity: young and old, witnesses to the history they lived.
Emita Brady Hill is the former chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo and spent twenty years at Lehman College, the Bronx campus of CUNY, in various roles. She was the program director for two NEH funded programs, The City and the Humanities and the Bronx Regional History Project. She lives in New Rochelle, New York, and Traverse City, Michigan.
Janet Butler Munch is an associate professor and special collections librarian at Lehman College, CUNY. For the past 20 years she has worked with Bronx researchers and collections including Lehman's Bronx Institute Archives of community oral histories, books, documents, maps, and photographs.