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Oral history interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974

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Creator:Michaux, H. M. (Henry McKinley), 1930-
Creator:Bass, Jack
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with H. M. Michaux, November 20, 1974
Date:1974 Nov. 20

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.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Hunt, James B., 1937- | Helms, Jesse | Michaux, H. M. (Henry McKinley), 1930- | North Carolina--Race relations | African Americans--Political activity | North Carolina--Politics and government | Democratic Party (N.C.) | African American politicians--North Carolina | Voter registration--North Carolina | Women political activists--North Carolina | African American legislators--North Carolina | African Americans--North Carolina--Political activity | North Carolina--Politics and government--1951- | Durham Committee on Negro Affairs | Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People | North Carolina--Race relations--Political aspects | United States, North Carolina, Durham County, Durham, 35.9940329, -78.898619
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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