|Abstract:||One photograph of Geno C. Baroni (1930-1984) Catholic civil rights priest, active in the social movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Photo taken in July 1973.|
Collection acquired in March 2003 from Prof. Rudolph Vecoli of St. Paul, MN.
Geno Baroni was born on 10/24/1930, in Acosta, PA, the son of Italian immigrants. First served in Johnstown and Altoona, PA, later assigned to Sts. Paul and Augustine parish in Washington, DC (1960-1965) ministering to the urban poor. Appointed executive director of Office of of Urban Affairs of the Washington Archdiocese (1965-1967), then director of the Urban Taskforce of the US Catholic Conference (1967-1970). In 1971, father Baroni founded the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs (aid from Ford Foundation). In 1977, was offered position in the Carter administration as Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretary for Neighborhood Development, Consumer Affairs, and Regulatory Functions. Father Baroni was instrumental in founding the National Italian American Foundation in 1975 and served as its first president. Author of "Pieces of Dream" (1972). Died on 8/26/1984 after a long struggle with cancer. (biographical information abstracted from "The Italian American Experience: An Encyclopedia", Garland Publishing, New York, 2000, pp.56-57, entry by Frank Cavaioli)
The Baroni, Geno (Photographs) collection is available for public research.
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The Baroni, Geno (Photographs) Papers, Italian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota
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