Oral history interview with Steve Cherry, February 19, 1999

Oral history interview with Steve Cherry, February 19, 1999

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Creator:Cherry, Steve, 1942?-
Creator:Jones, Mark
Title:Oral history interview with Steve Cherry, February 19, 1999
Date:1999 Feb. 19
Description:

Steve Cherry spent twenty-nine years in the Lincoln County, North Carolina, school system, eventually becoming principal of East Lincoln High School, where he remained from 1982 to 1996. Cherry also coached basketball for many years, and describes school desegregation from both a coach's and a principal's perspective. As a coach, he witnessed the abuse of black players by white players on the basketball court; he weathered threats from white fans angry that black athletes were competing; but he also saw the integrating effect of organized sports. As a principal, he endured brawls between white and black students, and juggled the new demands that the white and black communities placed on him. This interview provides an in-depth look at how desegregation played out on the basketball court as well as in the school halls, and shows the important role athletics played in expressing, and muting, racial tensions.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Cherry, Steve, 1942?- | Basketball coaches--North Carolina--Lincoln County | School principals--North Carolina--Lincoln County | School integration--North Carolina--Lincoln County | Discrimination in sports--North Carolina | Lincoln County (N.C.)--Race relations | Lincoln 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. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on November 12, 2008).

Interview participants: Steve Cherry, interviewee; Mark Jones, interviewer.

Duration: 00:58:32.

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

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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