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Title: 04 Track 4_R1162 Carlton Duncan
Description: Birmingham Black Oral History Project
R1162 Oral History Interview – Carlton Duncan 11/06/1991
Interviewee: Carlton Duncan
Interviewer: Doreen Price

This is an oral history interview with Carlton Duncan, recorded in 1991, as part of the Birmingham Black Oral History Project (BBOHP), discussing his life in Jamaica and the UK.

Carlton is well known for his 30-year career as a teacher, becoming Britain’s first Black Headteacher of a Secondary school in 1982. Carlton arrived in England on 10th January 1961, travelling on an Italian ship called the TS Escania. He describes his arrival as being a ‘major disappointment’ and goes on to discuss his education and early years as a teacher. He had a 10-year career as a professional dancer, travelling across Europe while still attending University in Swansea. Carlton describes the extensive racism and abuse he experienced throughout his teaching career and in his personal life.

These recordings include racially explicit content, including discussions of racism, prejudice and violence; racially explicit language; and language and phrasing that we would not use today. Some of this content might be unsuitable for younger listeners or triggering for People of Colour. We recommend reading the description for each track before choosing to listen.

Track 4 New Job
Carlton talks about his relationship with his then Headteacher whose behaviour prompted him to apply for a new job.
Keywords:
Birmingham Museums Trust/Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
,
British Empire
,
Birmingham history
,
Sound Archive
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Oral History
,
Social history
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Black History
,
Social history
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BBOHP
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Social history
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Birmingham Black Oral History Project
,
Black History
,
Black History
/
Windrush
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West Indies
,
Colonialism
   
Usage Rights: CC BY-NC 3.0 - Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 You are free to share & adapt this material. Credit: © Birmingham Museums Trust
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