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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Leslie Outerbridge.

Author: Leslie Outerbridge; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Firefighter and labor activist Leslie Outerbridge was born on December 29, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He entered Wells High School early at age twelve, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953. After his discharge, Outerbridge drove a yellow cab, but was “sponsored” as a Chicago firefighter in 1961. Later, in 1981, Outerbridge earned a B.S. degree from Chicago State University. In 1968, Outerbridge, along with Jim  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Leslie Outerbridge
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Leslie Outerbridge; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1000518660
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Chicago, Illinois
2003 December 9.
Description: 1 online resource (8 video files (3 hr., 50 min., 47 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Leslie Outerbridge
Leslie Outerbridge

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Firefighter and labor activist Leslie Outerbridge was born on December 29, 1936 in Chicago, Illinois. He entered Wells High School early at age twelve, and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1953. After his discharge, Outerbridge drove a yellow cab, but was “sponsored” as a Chicago firefighter in 1961. Later, in 1981, Outerbridge earned a B.S. degree from Chicago State University. In 1968, Outerbridge, along with Jim Winbush and Wesley Thompson, formed the Afro American Firefighters League (AAFL). The AAFL’s study in 1973 enabled the United States Justice Department to win an anti-discrimination lawsuit against the City of Chicago. As a result, the enrollment of black firefighters rose from 125 to 400 by 1979. Outerbridge was also a founder of the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters in 1969. Outerbridge researched the history of African Americans and the great Chicago fires. Outerbridge retired in 1995, after a thirty-seven year career with the Chicago Fire Department.

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