Russell LeDay and Shira Smillie

Recorded December 2, 2022 Archived December 2, 2022 35:31 minutes
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Id: mby022273


New friends Russell LeDay (63) and Shira Smillie (26) share a conversation about Russell's life path, his work with San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside, and his hopes for effecting positive change.

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Russell LeDay (RL) talks about Opelousas, Louisiana, and compares it to a little New Orleans.
RL reflects on his move to San Antonio, Texas, and wonders what life would have been like had he gone to Alabama instead.
RL describes his work at San Antonio for Growth on the Eastside (SAGE) and their back office program.
RL talks about the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses.
RL talks about the Eastside being the original settlement area for African Americans in San Antonio.
Shira Smillie (SS) asks RL about gentrification in the Eastside.
RL discusses how he'd like to be remembered.
RL reflects on his future and fostering a new generation of change-makers.


  • Russell LeDay
  • Shira Smillie

Recording Location

Mission Library

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