Oral History

Marvin Chambers and Chaitra Powell - On being transplants and the Northside community

Interviewed by Jailyn Neville on October 12, 2019

Self-described transplants Chaitra Powell and Marvin Chambers have lived in the Northside Community since 2016. Marvin runs a massage therapy company and Chaitra works as an archivist in the Wilson Library. Her work focuses in particular on the telling of black stories and history. They have 2 kids, Freeman & Samurai. The family feels connected to their neighbors and the history of Northside, but their transplant status brings a new perspective in regard to areas in the community that could stand to see some change.

Marvin & Chaitra have seen the different ways a community can operate. Marvin was born and raised in Chicago, and Chaitra is from Phoenix, AZ. They have both lived in Los Angeles. They see Northside as a place full of history and it is unique in the way the members follow customs and stick to their traditions.

Marvin Chambers and Chaitra Powell - On being transplants and the Northside community

Oral history interview of Chambers, Marvin conducted by Neville, Jailyn on October 12, 2019 at Marian Cheek Jackson Center. Processed by Neville, Jailyn.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Marvin Chambers and Chaitra Powell - On being transplants and the Northside community,” From the Rock Wall, accessed May 21, 2022, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/marvin-chambers-and-chaitra-powell-on-being-transplants-and-the-northside-community.

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