Oral history interview with Asa T. Spaulding, April 14, 1979

Oral history interview with Asa T. Spaulding, April 14, 1979

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Creator:Spaulding, Asa T. (Asa Timothy), 1902-1990
Creator:Weare, Walter B.
Title:Oral history interview with Asa T. Spaulding, April 14, 1979
Date:1979 Apr. 14
Description:

Asa T. Spaulding, longtime actuary at the historically black North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and its president from 1959 to 1968, recalls his efforts to prepare Durham, North Carolina, for desegregation. Spaulding grew up in an environment relatively free from discrimination, so after his education at New York University and the University of Michigan, he brought to Durham a determination that racial barriers were artificial and needed to be dismantled. He did so not with overt activism, but by using his influence to bring together white and black business leaders at North Carolina Mutual. These business meetings not only brought together creative thinkers, they also modeled successful integration before the civil rights movement had scored its victories in the early 1960s. In this interview, Spaulding reflects on how his growing influence as a business leader allowed him to make unique contributions to dismantling segregation in Durham.

Researchers and students might also consult the two other interviews with Spaulding in this collection, C-0013-1 and C-0013-3. Those interested in learning more about the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company and black business in the South might turn to the interviewer's book, Black Business in the New South: A Social History of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company.

The Civil Rights Digital Library received support from a National Leadership Grant for Libraries awarded to the University of Georgia by the Institute of Museum and Library Services for the aggregation and enhancement of partner metadata.

Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Spaulding, Asa T. (Asa Timothy), 1902-1990 | African American executives--North Carolina--Durham | Durham (N.C.)--Race relations | African Americans--Civil rights--North Carolina--Durham | Segregation--North Carolina--Durham | Durham (N.C.)--Politics and government | North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company | African American business enterprises--North Carolina--Durham | Lowry family | Durham (N.C.) | Durham County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2008
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on June 2, 2008).

Interview participants: Asa T. Spaulding, interviewee; Walter Weare, interviewer.

Duration: 02:01:39.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-CH digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Kristin Shaffer. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

Persistent Link to Item:http://docsouth.unc.edu/sohp/C-0013-2/menu.html