African American Studies


Interview: Charlotte Manus, Paul Himmelstein

Interviewer: Mark Naison

Date of Interview: November 17, 2017

Summary by Alison Rini

Charlotte Manus moved from Harlem to the Prospect Avenue neighborhood of the Bronx at an early age. She recalls the pressure that she and other neighborhood children felt to establish a "reputation" for themselves by fighting and also touches upon the jazz and other kinds of street music that influenced her as a child. Ms. Manus discusses which areas of the Bronx were considered dangerous during her adolescence as well as some of the typical ways in which she and other young people would enjoy themselves. Throughout this interview, former singer Paul Himmelstein contributes his own observations and questions to the conversation with Ms. Manus.