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Corbin Laedlein

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Corbin Laedlein was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. His mother is also a native of Brooklyn and his father grew up in southern New Jersey. Laedlein was raised in Red Hook and Bedford-Stuyvesant, and attended Stuyvesant High School in New York City and Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. While at Rutgers, he co-founded Fusion: The Rutgers Union of Mixed People, an organization for mixed-race students to talk about identity, racism, relationships, and other social issues. After graduation, Laedlein went on to work for Added Value, a non-profit in Red Hook that aims to develop new leaders through urban agriculture.

Interview Highlight

"At some point in high school, I started to feel some real internalized racism because there was this feeling, like, textbooks are only talking about people who look like my dad. You open a textbook and it shows no contributions to human history of people from who descended from Africa or indigenous people from the Americas..."

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Identifier: 2011.019.043
Date: March 18, 2013
Duration: 1:45:04
Citation: Oral history interview with Corbin Laedlein, 2013, 2011.019.043; Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations Oral History Collection, 2011.019; Brooklyn Historical Society.
Language: English
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