Oral history interview with William E. White Jr., October 29, 2000

Oral history interview with William E. White Jr., October 29, 2000

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Creator:White, William E. (William Earl)
Creator:Otto, Kent
Creator:Crowe, Ashley
Title:Oral history interview with William E. White Jr., October 29, 2000
Date:2000 Oct. 29
Description:

In this interview, William E. White Jr. describes his encounters with religion, race, and sexuality. Bored by the routines of his Baptist church, White sought something more energetic. He found this energy in the Charismatic Renewal movement, a fellowship of dissatisfied Christians seeking an intimate, powerful religious experience. White confronted his racial identity as a white student at Southern High School, one of the first high schools to integrate in the Durham, North Carolina, area, and at North Carolina Central University, a historically black school where his last name symbolized his outsider status. He also confronted his sexual identity as he struggled with being gay, but he eventually came to terms with what he calls his internalized homophobia. White discusses additional challenges, including his parents' difficult divorce, a turbulent relationship with his father, and his struggle with AIDS, a disease that frightens him but which, he says, has enabled him to take risks he would not have taken before. This interview is an intimate portrait of a man standing at the intersection of spiritual fulfillment, race, and sexuality.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:White, William E. (William Earl) | Christian gay men--North Carolina--Durham | Pentecostals--North Carolina--Durham | AIDS (Disease)--Patients--North Carolina--Durham | Gays--Identity | Christian gay men--Family relationships--North Carolina--Durham | Durham (N.C.)--Race relations | 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. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on Oct. 30, 2008).

Interview participants: William E. White, Jr., interviewee; Kent Otto, interviewee; Ashley Crowe, interviewer.

Duration: 01:04:32.

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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