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Oral History Interview with Edwin Caldwell, March 2, 2001. Interview K-0202. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Edwin Caldwell Jr. describes a lifetime of civil rights activism and political involvement. A natural political organizer, Caldwell helped Howard Lee become the first black mayor of Chapel Hill. Despite losing a number of his own campaigns for office, Caldwell enjoyed a growing reputation as a political force in North Carolina. This reputation earned him a seat on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board and various others positions of influence. Caldwell discusses the mechanics behind some of these positions and the influence of his race on his political life.
  • Decision to register voters
  • Intersection of party politics and civil rights advocacy
  • Organizing on behalf of Howard Lee
  • Organization helps Howard Lee win mayoralty
  • Some political setbacks for Caldwell
  • Caldwell learns leadership on school board
  • Trying to expand Presbyterian church's appeal to African Americans
  • Caldwell doesn't let race make decisions for him
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  • Subjects
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Politics and government
  • Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations--20th century
  • Caldwell, Edwin, Jr.
  • Lee, Howard
  • Church of Reconciliation (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education
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