An interview with Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin by Jarrel Phillips
Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin is a professor at City College of San Francisco where she teaches African American history in the United States.
Jarrel Phillips: Talk about your experience in San Francisco. Are you from here?
Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin: Yes, I’m definitely from San Francisco. My family migrated to San Francisco between the second and third waves of the Great Migration. They came from Kilgore, TX, which is a small railroad town that built up around the 1870s. My grandmother and her sisters came here pretty much just like a lot of other African American people, looking for new opportunities and a different way of life. They were sharecroppers… born on a farm. They didn’t have birth certificates. They did not know how to read. So they wanted to give new opportunities to my mother, who was born in San Francisco.