Oral History: Roper, Richard, 1991


Oral History: Roper, Richard, 1991
Roper, Richard
Birth Year
Birth Place
Florida - DeLand
Rutgers Graduating Class
Cohen, Gilbert
Location of Interview
Maplewood, NJ
Date Created
30 October 1991
Richard Roper graduated from Rutgers-Newark with a bachelor's degree in economics and completed a master's in public affairs at Princeton University. During his years at Rutgers-Newark, he served first as the president of the NAACP chapter, and then as co-founder and president of the Black Organization of Students (BOS), which was organized out of the time of social unrest following the Newark Riots and an era of civil rights struggle. After college Roper held a number of positions in Newark and federal government. He was a legislative aide and lobbyist for Newark's first African-American mayor, Kenneth Gibson, served as director of the Office of Newark Studies, was appointed special assistant to the secretary of commerce, Juanita Kreps under the Carter Administration, and served for 12 years as assistant dean at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Rutgers-Newark in the 1960s and 1970s Oral History Collection (R-MC 024)
Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries
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