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Joanne Kapnek Bluethenthal

Gender: Female

Ethnicity: Caucasian

Biographical/Historical note: Joanne Bluethenthal was born February 28, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Following graduation from Pennsylvania State University, she moved with her husband, Arthur Bluethenthal, to Greensboro in 1950. There, Bluethenthal became involved in underground interracial groups as well as community service organizations such as the Council of Jewish Women, the United Day Care Services board, the United Way, the Greensboro Nursing Council, the housing authority, and the Greensboro Planning Board.

When the desegregation of Greensboro public schools was imminent, Bluethenthal became involved in fundraising efforts and activities aimed to heighten the public’s acceptance of desegregation. Following integration, Bluethenthal was active in discussions with African American educators concerning the outcome. She was also involved with the Superior Officers Advisors, an interracial group concerned with integration and busing in Greensboro, and the Human Relations Advisory Committee.

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Item thumbnail image Oral history interview with Joanne Bluethenthal by William Link
Date: January 20, 1987
By: Joanne Kapnek Bluethenthal
From: GreensboroVOICES Collection

In this transcript of a January 20, 1987, oral history interview conducted by William Link with Joanne Bluethenthal, Ms. Bluethenthal primarily discusses her involvement with integration of the Gre...

Item thumbnail image Oral History Interview with Joanne Bluethenthal by William Chafe
Date: July 13, 1977
By: Joanne Kapnek Bluethenthal
From: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

This July 13, 1977, oral history interview conducted by William Chafe with Joanne Bluethenthal primarily documents Ms. Bluethenthal’s involvement in school integration in Greensboro, North Carolina...