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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Martina Dunford, February 18, 1999. Interview K-0142. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

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—not 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—too 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 perspectives.