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Oral history interview with Salter and Doris Cochran, April 12, 1997

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Creator:Cochran, Salter, 1922-
Creator:Thomas, Karen Kruse
Creator:Cochran, Doris
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Salter and Doris Cochran, April 12, 1997
Date:1997 Apr. 12

Dr. Salter Cochran and his wife, Doris Cochran, discuss their activism in the Weldon-Roanoke Rapids area of North Carolina. Extremely well-educated, worldly, and, in Salter's case, with military experience, the Cochrans arrived in North Carolina with progressive views on race and a determination to push for racial justice. They were distressed to find entrenched racism among white residents and a reluctance to challenge it among African Americans. Additionally, the Cochrans' activism inhibited friendships and even inspired threats of violence. But it also succeeded in desegregating some of the area's institutions, including a school (which their children were the first to integrate) and a hospital. Outsiders though they were, they continued to agitate for racial justice in forums ranging from PTA meetings to medical society conventions. As they recall their decades of activism, they reflect on racism and justice, and they evaluate the successes and failures of the movement to which they contributed. This interview will provide readers with a great deal of information about race, desegregation, poverty, and health in North Carolina.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Cochran, Salter, 1922- | Cochran, Doris | African American civil rights workers--North Carolina--Halifax County | African American physicians--North Carolina--Halifax County | Civil rights movements--North Carolina--Halifax County | African Americans--Civil rights--North Carolin--Halifax County | African Americans--Segregation--North Carolina--Halifax County | Halifax County (N.C.)--Race relations | African Americans in medicine--North Carolina--Halifax County | Discrimination in medical care--North Carolina--Halifax County | United States, North Carolina, Halifax County
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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