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Leslie F. (Skip) Griffin, Jr. Oral History

Identifier: QMP-0041

Scope and Contents

Leslie Francis Griffin, Jr., colloquially known as “Skip,” is the son of Reverend L. Francis Griffin, who coordinated with Dr. Rachel Weddington to have Queens College students tutor children in Prince Edward County during the summer of 1963 as part of the Student Help Project. The public schools of Prince Edward County were closed for five years starting in 1959 in massive resistance to integration, denying many of the local young black students access to education, including Skip Griffin and his siblings. In this interview, Skip Griffin recalls his father’s prominent position as the reverend of Farmville’s First Baptist Church, president of the Prince Edward County Christian Association, and the county coordinator of the NAACP. Although his father was a renowned advocate for civil rights in the 1950s and 1960s, Griffin remarks on the influence his father’s activism had on their family, as well as the community as a whole. Skip Griffin himself was not a student of the Student Help Project during the pivotal summer of 1963, but he explains his own involvement in civil rights activism as a teenager that subsequently led him to continue his work while attending Harvard University.


  • 2021-02-17


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1 Digital Files ; 57:16

235.3 Megabytes

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated to Queens College and Queens Public Library by Leslie F. Griffin, Jr. and Victoria Fernandez in February 2021.

Related Materials

The following Queens College collections also include records about the Student Help Project in Jamaica, New York and Farmville, Virginia: Debby Yaffe Papers, Jean L. Konzal Papers, Michael Wenger Papers, Phyllis Padow-Sederbaum Papers, Rosalind (Silverman) Andrews Papers, and the Stan Shaw Papers.

Finding aids to the collections above may be found in the Civil Rights and Social Justice Collecting Area.

Other oral history interviews related to the Student Help Project can be found in the Oral Histories / Queens Memory Collecting Area.

Physical Description

Single MP4 file totaling 235.3 MB and 57 minutes and 16 seconds in duration.

Processing Information

Oral history conducted as part of the Queens Memory Project (, a collaborative program of the Queens Public Library and Queens College to collect stories, images, and other evidence of life in the borough of Queens.

This interview was specifically collected for the Student Help: Lived Experience Project.

Leslie F. (Skip) Griffin, Jr. Oral History
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Victoria Fernandez
April 2021
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Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

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