Donald Ramos was born in 1942 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to a family of Portuguese descent. He attended the University of Massachusetts, served in the U.S. Army, and enrolled in the doctoral program in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida. He accepted a position in the History Department at Cleveland State University in 1971 but soon moved to First College, a newly created unit in the university, where he stayed until 1997, when he returned to chair the History Department. He lived in East Cleveland on the edge of Cleveland Heights in a faculty enclave and later moved to Cleveland Heights. He recalls an atmosphere of veiled racial tension in East Cleveland and contrasts it with the much smoother race relations he observed in Cleveland Heights. Ramos discusses his role in the Heights Community Congress and comments more broadly on the fair housing movement in Cuyahoga County's suburbs.
Ramos, Donald (interviewee)
Souther, J. Mark (interviewer)
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"Donald Ramos Interview, 24 June 2013" (2013). Cleveland Regional Oral History Collection. Interview 990025.