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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Leroy Beavers, August 8, 2002. Interview R-0170. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Parents prevent teenager from joining civil rights protests

Worried about violence, Beavers's parents prevented him from joining civil rights protests.

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Oral History Interview with Leroy Beavers, August 8, 2002. Interview R-0170. 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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KIERAN TAYLOR:
Do you remember the protests? I mean, it would've been a young teenager.
LEROY BEAVERS, JR.:
I was between thirteen and seventeen years old. I remember.
KIERAN TAYLOR:
Would you have gone down to Broughton Street to be part of the protests?
LEROY BEAVERS, JR.:
Yeah, my mother and father wouldn't let me. They were scared for me because they didn't want anything to—I was Viola Beaver's baby boy, her only one. A lot of young black men were getting killed and getting put in jail and getting misused, and my mother just, I sort of stay away from that. I don't want you to be a part of that. Don't do that because, I sort of obliged her to that. Basically I had to work.