Promoting cooperation between African American and Latino populations
Dunford very briefly explains that she hopes the African American and Latino populations in Edgemont would come together for the benefit of the community as a whole. In so doing, she stresses the importance of learning from other cultures, rather than groups competing for domination.
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Oral History Interview with Martina Dunford, February 18, 1999. Interview K-0142. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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What about for the Latino
community? What would you like to see happen in the Latino, in the
community including both the African Americans and Latinos?
- MARTINA DUNFORD:
I would like to see them be neighbors. I would like to actually see them
move in and have a respect for each other and appreciate who and what we
are to each other. I think we could grow a lot more, be more
knowledgeable. We would have an awesome, I think awesome, community if
you could include cultures together and they appreciate the next person
and help them out and strengthen, because they have some real strong values‚Äînot that I know that much
about them through their actions and ways. I don't see very
many Latino women without a Latino man somewhere close by. They do the
laundry together. They do the shopping together. They do all sorts of
things together. That's something that's missing
in the African American culture now. There are some values that they
bring and we have some values that I'm sure that they would
appreciate. So together that would make an awesome unit.
- ALICIA ROUVEROL:
Yeah, it's true. It's like I think‚Äîtoo
often I think we forget about what we can learn from other cultures,
taking the best of that.
- MARTINA DUNFORD:
Yeah, instead of one being dominant over the other, since we are supposed
to be "created equal". That's me,
I'm one person. You're talking about a whole
United States of America. Changing meanings, and opportunities and