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Oral history interview with Thurman Couch, February 12, 2001

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Creator:Couch, Thurman
Creator:Gilgor, Bob
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Thurman Couch, February 12, 2001
Date:2001 Feb. 12

Thurman Couch, a student at Lincoln High School, and among the first African American students to enter Chapel Hill High School, describes his experiences in segregated and desegregated schools. To Couch, the story of integration is a story of the decline of black tradition and the erosion of ties between schools and communities. A standout athlete, Couch complains that the sports programs and the marching band, programs which gave Lincoln High its identity and served as essential conduits between black schools and black neighborhoods, lost some of their character under integration. Couch speaks passionately about the traditions of the pre-integration black community and places all-black schools at the center; he speaks equally passionately about the damage to the black community brought about by integration, in particular the loss of African American economic independence. This interview radiates with pride and frustration, spirituality and indignation.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Couch, Thurman | School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations | African American students--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African American students--Civil rights--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | High school athletes--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | United States, North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 35.9132, -79.055845 | United States, North Carolina, Orange County, 36.0613199, -79.1205595
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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