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Notes on Interview with Otis Hairston Sr. by William H. Chafe

Date: July 17, 1972

Author: William Henry Chafe

Biographical/Historical abstract: William H. Chafe, a scholar in race and gender, has been a member of the history faculty at Duke University since 1971. There, he has also served as Dean of Trinity College and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Chafe is the author of Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom.

Additional contributor: William Henry Chafe


This is a four-page, typed set of notes by William Chafe based on an July 17, 1971, oral history interview with Otis Hairston Sr. Shorthand is used throughout, including "OH" for "Otis Hairston," and "GB" for "Greensboro." Chafe notes that Hairston discussed Greensboro's response to Brown v. Board of Education; Dr. William Hampton's election to the Greensboro School Board; the 1960 and 1963 protests and community support for them; a meeting with Mayor David Schenck during the 1963 protests; communication between blacks and whites in Greensboro; the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce; and why students led the civil rights movement. These interview notes form part of Duke history professor William Chafe’s research culminating in his 1980 book Civilities and Civil Rights.


Format of original: Other

Collection: William Henry Chafe Oral History Collection

Repository: Duke University

Item#: 4.23.855

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