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Alvin Little

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Be Yourself at All Times.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1926
Birth Location:
Bradenton, Florida

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Civic Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Be Yourself at All Times.

Birthplace

Born:
5/10/1926
Birth Location:
Bradenton
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Biography

Alvin Little, head waiter, letter carrier and humble activist was born on May 10, 1926 in Bradenton, Florida. In August of 1942, with the beginning of World War II, he dropped out of high school and entered the United States Navy. There, he became a Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class on the cargo ship, Boston College in the North Atlantic. Little had no trouble in the Navy, despite the fact that the armed forces were not integrated until 1948. He was discharged in December of 1945 and returned to Florida. There, in 1947, he graduated from Bradenton's Lincoln High School.

He went on to attend Bethune-Cookman College. His education was interrupted when he married and started a family. To support his household, he worked as a waiter for a number of Florida restaurants and resorts. In 1962, he worked as the head waiter at New York-based, William Talleyhouse Cafeteria. When this establishment refused to serve black people, Little and his crew threatened to quit until the place was integrated. It was the first integrated restaurant in Bradenton. Little was hired by the United States Postal Service in 1964; retired as a letter carrier, he later worked as a Certified Nurses Assistant in Bradenton.

Little passed away on February 2, 2017.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alvin Little lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alvin Little lists his family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alvin Little talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alvin Little describes his childhood household
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alvin Little describes his childhood in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alvin Little talks about attending school in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alvin Little remembers his church community
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Alvin Little talks about his service in the U.S. Navy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Alvin Little talks about leaving college to farm alongside his father-in-law
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Alvin Little talks about racial issues in the service industry during the 1950s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Alvin Little remembers becoming head waiter
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Alvin Little talks about joining the postal service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alvin Little talks about integrating a restaurant in Bradenton, Florida
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alvin Little shares his experience of being the first black Postal Service employee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alvin Little describes working for the Postal Service in the 1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alvin Little talks about running a landscaping sod company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alvin Little shares his views on overcoming racial problems
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alvin Little talks about his various career ventures
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alvin Little describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alvin Little reflects upon his legacy