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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Tawana Belinda Wilson-Allen, May 11, 2006. Interview U-0098. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Necessity of empowering people to self-advocate

Wilson-Allen articulates the importance of empowering people to control their own issues without an outside group's interference.

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Oral History Interview with Tawana Belinda Wilson-Allen, May 11, 2006. Interview U-0098. 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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ELIZABETH GRITTER:
Did you feel that you were able to make like an impact on elevating their economic status at all?
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
I would say as organizers what we do, as direct action organizers we are actually given the tools working with them to give them the tools to work through the system as opposed to an advocacy group. You know what I mean. Just get allservice group that's actually giving them--
ELIZABETH GRITTER:
Right, because you were saying the technical assistance is what you can.
TAWANA BELINDA WILSON-ALLEN:
So if they can run their own issues, issue campaigns and work through the system, knowing who makes the decisions, who holds the power, that kind of thing.