Joanna Boley-Lee was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1937. She graduated from California College of Art in the late 1960s with a degree in art education; she later received a master’s degree from Howard University. She worked as a graphic artist, a flight attendant, and a public school teacher. As of this interview, she had spent eight years as the Director of Affirmative Action at Bates College. In this interview, she discusses the details of her work and accomplishments at Bates, the Many and One rally, her experience moving to Maine and becoming part of the Lewiston community, racial and economic disparities in the Lewiston area, her experience working with the Black Panthers’ Breakfast Program in Oakland during the civil rights movement, prominent African American citizens and businesses in Lewiston, and the history of African American mill workers in Lewiston.
1937, California College of Art, Oakland, Howard University, Lewiston, Standard Oil of New Jersey, Trans World Airlines, affirmative action, diversity, sexual harassment, Bates College, Auburn Police Department, Trinity Episcopal Church, civil rights movement, Breakfast Program, Black Panther party, Mayor John Jenkins, Christina Brinkley, Christ Temple, Franco-American, Jim Taylor, NAACP, Many and One rally, Ku Klux Klan, African American experience in Maine, Neville Knowles, mills
Lee, Maureen Elgersman, "Boley-Lee, Joanna" (2003). Home Is Where I Make It Oral History Project. 7.