Title: Oral History Interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974. Interview A-0135.
Interviewer: Bass, Jack
Interviewee: Michaux, H. M.
Subjects: North Carolina--Race relations African Americans--Political activity North Carolina--Politics and government Democratic Party (N.C.) Hunt, James B., 1937- Helms, Jesse African American politicians--North Carolina Voter registration--North Carolina Women political activists--North Carolina
Abstract: H. M. Michaux discusses his role in black electoral politics in the urban South. His grassroots engagement with local Durham, North Carolina, politics helped to catapult him into the state House of Representatives, where he has served since 1972. Michaux explains that black politicians need to employ different campaign strategies in black and white communities. He also offers insight into the inner workings of black political alliances, as well as the internal decisions involved with political offices. He speculates on the permanence of the Republican Party in North Carolina. Despite some Republican success, Michaux contends that the Democratic Party will continue to dominate North Carolina politics. He stresses the need for a Democratic coalition and black political education in order to preserve black electoral power.