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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Patience Dadzie, October 21, 2001. Interview R-0156. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Warm welcome from overwhelmingly white Mormon congregation

Dadzie again asserts that her awareness of racism was not formed until she moved to America in the early 1990s. An immigrant from Ghana, Dadzie explains that while she was initially wary of attending the Mormon Church with its overwhelming white population, she found that she was warmly welcomed by the congregation.

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Oral History Interview with Patience Dadzie, October 21, 2001. Interview R-0156. 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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BARBARA COPELAND:
So then when you came to, started going to the Mormon church here and saw that it was predominantly white, how did you feel about that?
PATIENCE DADZIE:
Actually I feel very nervous and I was like actually first when I went to the church, I was like the only black or two blacks and I was like dang, this is—. Yeah I was hate it. This is not good.
BARBARA COPELAND:
So you didn't feel comfortable.
PATIENCE DADZIE:
Comfortable. Yeah. Until I had one of my friends called me from Canada and she was going to move and he was the only black too. But he said the way the welcomed him I was like I'm not going to the church because of the color. I'm just going because I'm worshiping the Heavenly Father.
BARBARA COPELAND:
Did you find it to be as welcoming and warm as the one in Ghana?
PATIENCE DADZIE:
Yeah. It is. Yeah. Even compared the one in Ghana. I would say even Ghana were not as much welcoming like they do over here.
BARBARA COPELAND:
Oh okay. That's different. So how long would you say it took you to get used to the idea or just to start feeling comfortable with such a different culture shock?
PATIENCE DADZIE:
Culture shock. Probably like a couple of weeks
BARBARA COPELAND:
A couple of visits.
PATIENCE DADZIE:
Visits. Even like I'm saying at first I was nervous but the way they welcomed and came and everybody came and talked to me and calling me after church even trying to give me rides to church even thought like I was like this is good.