Oral History

Saundra Dockery - Speaking about her mother

Interviewed by Kendra Tse on October 12, 2019

This interview was part of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center’s History Potluck series. Saundra Dockery, is a Northside native and daughter of Katherine Council better known as “Mama Kat”. Ms. Dockery shares photos and documents from her mother’s life as a way to commemorate her mother because of her mother’s recent death. Ms. Dockery reflects on her mother’s impact on her life including her decisions about Ms. Dockery’s education. Mama Kat signed Ms. Dockery up to be in the first class to optionally integrate Chapel Hill Middle School. This decision shaped Ms. Dockery’s entire education and she discusses the challenges she faced during the tumultuous integration process. Ms. Dockery also discusses other aspects of mother’s life including her time working for a white family and her job working in the Cafeteria at a local school. Ms. Dockery shares memories from important moments in her mother’s life including her 90th and 70th birthday parties along with her last few days and the funeral services that followed.

Saundra Dockery - Speaking about her mother

Oral history interview of Dockery, Saundra conducted by Tse, Kendra on October 12, 2019 at Marian Cheek Jackson Center, Chapel Hill, NC. Processed by Tse, Kendra.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Saundra Dockery - Speaking about her mother,” From the Rock Wall, accessed February 4, 2023, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/saundra-dockery-speaking-about-her-mother.

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