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Growing Up in Post-Civil Rights Asheboro

Authors Thomas Rush and Mark Kemp grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, at the same time, blocks apart from each other but across a geographic racial dividing line. In 2016, they talked about their experiences in a discussion at the Asheboro Public Library.


Eldora Allen Looks Back

Eldora Allen, retired after a 40 year career as an educator, attended the segregated Central School in Asheboro through 11th grade, and was part of the first integrated graduating class at Asheboro High School. In a January, 2020, talk at the Randleman library, she reflected on her life before the change and the impact integration had on her and her graduating class.


Katie Snuggs and the Civil Rights Era

Katie Snuggs, the first African American woman elected to Asheboro's City Council, discusses her experiences in Asheboro during the Civil Rights era of the 1960s, in particular her participation in sit-ins to desegregate local restaurants and theaters, during which she was arrested. Asheboro library, February 2020.


Oral History with Bryant Headen and Friends

Bryant Headen was Asheboro's first African American police officer, serving during the turbulent days of the early 1960s. In an oral history recorded in March, 2020 at the Asheboro library, Headen, his wife Carrie, his police partner Bobby Brewer and wife Joan, and friend Robert Freeland discuss their lives in Asheboro during the eras of segregation and the Civil Rights movement. 


Understanding Racism and Anti-Racism

The following selected library resources were compiled by staff member Jessi Bowman for a UNC-Greensboro School of Library and Information Studies class project. They include titles for childrenteens and adults. Click on a cover image to find the items in our catalog. These and other resources can be found with detailed annotations on Jessi's UNCG website