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- Civil Rights and Desegregation in Charlotte
- Kelly Alexander Jr. oral history interview 1, May 1, 2001
Kelly Alexander Jr. oral history interview 1, May 1, 2001
Kelly Alexander Jr., the son of local, state, and national NAACP leader and local businessman Kelly M. Alexander, Sr. and Margaret Alexander, recounts his active involvement in civil rights in Charlotte, North Carolina and the larger community. He discusses his involvement with the NAACP, including serving as the president of the local chapter in 1986 and working with NAACP Youth Councils. Mr. Alexander describes how the bombing of his family's home and the homes of three other Charlotte civil rights leaders in 1965 (which happened when Mr. Alexander was a teenager) impacted the greater Charlotte community and helped shape the outcome of desegregation in the city. Other topics discussed include the Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Supreme Court case and school desegregation, political and community leadership, the role of the church in supporting local civil rights organizations, and the work of other civil rights activist groups operating in Charlotte such as the Black Panther Party.