Oral History

Chelsea Alston - On her experiences as a youth leader and changes in the community

Interviewed by Alexander Stephens on April 11, 2012

This interview provides background of interviewee’s connection to Chapel Hill. She shares her experiences as a youth leader in the community. She describes the changes of the community over time (gentrification). Her ideas of safe places for young POCs in Chapel Hill are provided. She talks about the difference in comfort between white and black in certain places (Franklin street). She also describes the demographic of McDonalds is majority black. She talks about problems with transportation availability for black people to certain restaurants. She talks about black owned businesses on Graham Street and midway (comfort zone & safety has changed because of the change in demographic). The safety of the previous black community is noted. She describes what contributes to being comfortable in the community, and the change in the importance of “home.” The interview concludes the definition of a youth leader, and the connection between the past, present, and future of the community. The interview also provides the interviewee’s hope for the future of the community.

Chelsea Alston - On her experiences as a youth leader and changes in the community

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Oral history interview of Alston, Chelsea conducted by Stephens, Alexander on April 11, 2012 at Sanctuary of St. Joseph's Church, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Pittman, Destinie.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Chelsea Alston - On her experiences as a youth leader and changes in the community,” From the Rock Wall, accessed September 20, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/chelsea-alston-2.

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