Title: Oral History Interview with Joanne Peerman, February 24, 2001. Interview K-0557.
Interviewer: Gilgor, Bob
Interviewee: Peerman, Joanne
Subjects: Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill 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--Chapel Hill Peerman, Joanne
Abstract: Joanne Peerman, a member of one of the first integrated classes at Chapel Hill High School and daughter of "bigger than life" Coach Peerman, grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and attended both segregated and integrated schools. This interview reveals some of the complex dynamics involved in civil rights protest—conflicts within families and concerns about retaliation, the influence of the media, and young people's passionate but not always focused efforts at protest. To Peerman and her fellow junior high and high school students, civil rights protest was not just about achieving certain goals, like diversifying the cheerleading team. It was also an opportunity to test their relationship with teachers and administrators, to assert themselves physically and intellectually, and to simply have fun. This interview also offers a portrait of one of Lincoln High School's iconic figures, Coach Peerman.