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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Treat People Like You Want To Be Treated.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1914
Birth Location:
Fairmont, West Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
Treat People Like You Want To Be Treated.

Birthplace

Born:
1/1/1914
Birth Location:
Fairmont
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Biography

Respected community activist Art Minson has made community service a lifetime commitment. The Akron, Ohio, resident was known for tireless efforts to organize people and advocate for his community, particularly Akron’s East Side. Minson was born in West Virginia in 1914 and later moved to Akron from the Deep South when he was 5 years old. For more than forty years, Minson was an employee of Goodyear, where he retired in 1980 as a racing tire inspector. Active as an official with the United Rubber Workers, Minson continued to advocate for higher wages for workers in Akron, a city devastated by an increasingly global economy. Recognizing his special talent for organizing people, Minson has spent a lifetime involved in various community service causes.

Minson was particularly active through his church. More than twenty years ago, Minson helped start a food pantry at his church to serve the hungry. He also began a project designed to educate people in the community. Minson was a board member of Ohio Citizen Action and active with East Akron Community House and National Peoples Action. Minson acted as an adviser to the Millennium Children’s Fund and was instrumental in establishing the East Akron Development Corporation.

In May 2002, the Akron community presented him with the Cliff Skeen Lifetime Achievement Award for a life spent in service to his community. After a half-century as an activist and community servant, Minson continued to act on his belief that community organizing can make a difference. Minson passed away on December 14, 2005.







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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Art Minson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Art Minson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Art Minson talks about his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Art Minson talks about why his parents moved to Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Art Minson describes Fitzgerald, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Art Minson talks about his grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Art Minson describes Akron, Ohio in the 1920s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Art Minson talks about the rubber factories in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Art Minson recalls his siblings and his boyhood friend
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Art Minson tells the story of his childhood friend, Sam Jacobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Art Minson talks about the Ku Klux Klan in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Art Minson describes attending East High School in Akron, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Art Minson talks about being one of the few black students in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Art Minson remembers his school activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Art Minson describes the East Akron Community House
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Art Minson talks about volunteering at the East Akron Community House
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Art Minson describes how racism precluded a career as a weatherman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Art Minson recalls his developing political activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Art Minson talks about working for the Works Progress Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Art Minson remembers working at Goodyear Rubber and Tire
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Art Minson recalls playing with the Art Minson Orchestra
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Art Minson talks about playing with Scatman Crothers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Art Minson recalls playing music at a segregated clubhouse
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Art Minson talks about his community leadership
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Art Minson describes community organizing and making a difference
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Art Minson recalls participating in the March on Washington in 1989
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Art Minson talks about the East Akron Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Art Minson describes how he dealt with the pressure of community organizing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Art Minson explains the process of community organizing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Art Minson talks about his interest in fair housing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Art Minson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Art Minson talks about his church and his family
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Art Minson describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Art Minson narrates his photographs