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Aaron / Social Gatherings in Pleasantville

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Interviewer: You mentioned that there were very proud black people. Were there any social gatherings around that you remember that were crucial to Pleasantville? Aaron: Well, we had an elementary school out there where the teachers were very firm with us and they tried very hard to educate us. They wasn’t for a lot of bull, so we learned something. When you went to Pleasantville Elementary School, you learned something before you got out of there or you get your butt—with that paddle, you know what I’m talking about! That was a good experience. We had a sports program. We had baseball league where parents would get all us kids together and we’d play baseball. There was very few men who grew up in Pleasantville that wasn’t touched by sports in some kind of way. We played baseball, you know, organized baseball. We played unorganized football and all of that, but that was on our own. They had an organized baseball program out there where it was hard not to get involved in it because practically everybody was. Matter of fact, my father, he was one of the coaches of one of the teams. One of the baseball teams. That encouraged me more than maybe some others to play myself. So, I played a little organized baseball. That was one of the few programs I can think of out there. We had a recreation center they built. We had a nice rec when I was growing up. We used to have dances every Friday. Friday nights, we’d all gather at the park. Play basketball, football, stuff like that.

Interview Interview with James Aaron
Subjects Family › Parenting
Family › Childhood Experiences
Community Organizations
Community Organizations › Community outreach
Community Organizations › Community Organizations and Institution-Building
Geography › Geographical Descriptions
Geography › Places (Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods, and Intersections)
Education › Elementary Education
Education › Corporal Punishment in Education
Education › Teachers and Administrators
Education › Extracurricular Activities
Recreation and Leisure
Recreation and Leisure › Dancing
Recreation and Leisure › Social Gatherings
Family › Parents
Tags Pleasantville Elementary School, Houston, TX
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Interview date 2016-06-08
Interview source CRBB Summer 2016
Interviewees Aaron, James
Interviewers Enriquez, Sandra
Rodriguez, Samantha
Locations Houston, TX
Duration 00:02:19
Citation "Social Gatherings in Pleasantville," from James Aaron oral history interview with Sandra Enriquez and Samantha Rodriguez,  June 08, 2016, Houston,TX, Civil Rights in Black and Brown Interview Database,, accessed December 09, 2023