Title: Oral History Interview with Fred Battle, January 3, 2001. Interview K-0525.
Interviewer: Gilgor, Bob
Interviewee: Battle, Fred
Subjects: African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina Battle, Fred
Abstract: Fred Battle recalls growing up and attending school in segregated Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and taking his experiences to college in Greensboro, where he participated in civil rights protests. Battle describes the pre-integration African American community as one in orbit around the all-black Lincoln High School and the church. Battle fears that these two institutions lack the character they once had: schools are losing their moral character, and churches are the most racially segregated sites in any community. Battle believes that racial progress has faltered since the 1960s and 1970s. This interview offers a useful gauge of the character of the African American community.