Oral history interview with Barry Nakell, October 1, 2003

Oral history interview with Barry Nakell, October 1, 2003

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Creator:Maynor, Malinda M.
Creator:Nakell, Barry
Title:Oral history interview with Barry Nakell, October 1, 2003
Date:2003 Oct. 1
Description:

This interview offers a look at efforts by the economically and politically disenfranchised Lumbee Native Americans to assert themselves in Robeson County and, to some extent, white North Carolinians' efforts to sabotage those efforts. Barry Nakell, a professor of law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, remembers traveling to Robeson County in the mid-1970s to help the Lumbees, and a splinter group, the Tuscarora, save a historic building and strike down so-called double voting. Double voting allowed city residents in Robeson County to vote for both city and county school board, giving city elites unusual control over county schools, where most Native American children studied. Nakell succeeded in defeating the system before a United States Circuit Court. He believes that once Native Americans took more control over their education system, their most prominent citizens were freed to agitate for more rights and protections. Nakell's intervention sparked an interest in legal solutions to civil rights issues, and a steady stream of Lumbee Native Americans began earning degrees at the UNC School of Law so they could return home and advocate for other Native Americans.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Nakell, Barry | Lumbee Indians--Civil rights | North Carolina--Race relations--20th century | Robeson County (N.C.)--Race relations | Civil rights--North Carolina | Lawyers--North Carolina | Civil rights movements--North Carolina--History--20th century | Civil rights movements--North Carolina--Robeson County | Indians of North America--North Carolina--Robeson County | Indians of North America--Civil rights--North Carolina--History--20th century | Robeson County (N.C.)--History--20th century | Civil rights--North Carolina--Robeson County | Lawyers--North Carolina--Robeson County | Lumbee Indians--North Carolina--Robeson County | Tuscarora Indians--North Carolina--Robeson County | Indians of North America--North Carolina--Robeson County--Ethnic identity--20th century | Indians of North America--Civil rights--North Carolina--Robeson County | African Americans--North Carolina--Robeson County--Relations with Indians--20th century | Robeson 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. | 2006
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on June 5, 2007).

Interview participants: Barry Nakell, interviewee; Malinda Maynor, interviewer.

Duration: 01:03:57.

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 Mike Millner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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