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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Pat Cusick, June 19, 1989. Interview L-0043. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Cusick credits his prison sentence rather than UNC in forming his activist stance

Cusick rebuts Terry Sanford's implication that UNC shaped his pro-civil rights stance. Instead, he insists that his prison sentence proved most decisive to his activism.

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Oral History Interview with Pat Cusick, June 19, 1989. Interview L-0043. 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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PAMELA DEAN:
So in a rather strange way, not the way, I'm sure, the University intended, your experience at the University of North Carolina, your college years, were, in fact, very formative.
PAT CUSICK:
That's right. They certainly succeeded in driving us out of the South. But when I met Terry Sanford in 1980, we were discussing a poverty institute at Duke, and he said that he was glad that the prison experience didn't leave any permanent scars on me. Which I thought was a patronizing statement.
PAMELA DEAN:
Yes.