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The A&T experience through voices

Repository: North Carolina A & T State University. University Archives

Collection Description (Extant): Interviews of notable A&T people and alumni.

"Each year as the story of the Greensboro Four (A&T Four) is recounted, the name Lewis A. Brandon, III emerges. Brandon, a 1961 graduate of A&T, is credited with being a civil rights activist and behind-the-scenes organizer of similar movements for justice.” (A&T Today, vol.4, no.2, Spring 2001, p. 6) As a result of his endeavors to correct social injustices, the University honored Brandon by naming him the first recipient of the NC A&T Medal for Human Rights on February 1, 2001 at the 41st anniversary of the 1960 sit-ins. While presenting the award, Brandon was described by Chancellor James Renick as “the foot soldier, the strategist… one who embodies the spirit of leadership."

Retired Chief Justice of North Carolina Henry E. Frye began his Aggie experience in 1949 when he came to Greensboro, North Carolina from a farm outside of Ellerbee, North Carolina where he grew up with his five brothers and six sisters. His career has been filled with "firsts"- first African American to complete a full law degree from the University of NC at Chapel Hill and first African American Chief Justice to the NC Supreme Court to name a few.

Access Copy Note: Video is available online.

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 2006-2011

Digital Status: Yes

Extent: 6 interviews

Language: English

Interviewees: Lewis A. Brandon, III, Henry E. Frye, Elizabeth Dowdy, Shirley Frye, Lucille Piggott, Velma Speight–Buford

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


African American civil rights workers--North Carolina
African American college students--North Carolina
African American judges
Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Greensboro
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University


Sound recordings


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