Oral History

Valerie P. Foushee

Interviewed by Hudson Vaughan and Della Pollock on August 15, 2017

Senator Valerie Foushee discusses growing up in the Pine Knolls and Northside communities with her family. She details her family history, telling about the life stories of her grandparents and parents. Foushee recounts the relationships formed with other families in the Pine Knolls/Northside communities as well as with those in the greater Chapel Hill community. She discusses her experience of attending a newly integrated school as well as her multiple involvements with high school student government, First Baptist Church, and peers from her neighborhood communities. In high school, she participated in sit-ins and later became actively involved with different community centers and programs in Pine Knolls and Northside. She discusses class differences that existed within the Pine Knolls neighborhood, and the experience of growing up knowing she had less than others. She later attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was an active member of the Black Student Movement and became engaged in student protests. She also discusses eminent domain and the reality of neighborhood community members’ loss of property. She shares her perspective on current state of affairs locally and nationally.

Valerie P. Foushee

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Oral history interview of Foushee, Valerie P. conducted by Vaughan, Hudson on August 15, 2017 at Marian Cheek Jackson Center, Chapel Hill, NC.

Citation: Marian Cheek Jackson Center, “Valerie P. Foushee,” From the Rock Wall, accessed November 29, 2021, https://fromtherockwall.org/oral-histories/valerie-p-foushee-2.

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