Esser, George H.


George Esser was the assistant director of the University of North Carolina's Institute of Government, executive director of the North Carolina Fund, project adviser with the Ford Foundation, and the executive director of the Southern Regional Council. He was born into a comfortable Virginia coal family in 1920, but the Great Depression plunged his family into poverty. Esser used the G.I. Bill to enroll at Harvard Law School. After graduation, he moved to Chapel Hill to work with the Institute of Government in Chapel Hill. He was involved with the creation of the North Carolina Fund, a five-year community empowerment organization created with a grant by the Ford Foundation. Esser also worked to reorient the Southern Regional Council (SRC) in Atlanta before returning to North Carolina in the 1980s.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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