"In order for us to move forward, in the political arena and in the social setting and even in this world today, we have to be registered to vote."
- Eugene FarrarEugene Farrar is a Chapel Hill native. He has long been engaged in community issues such as voter participation and affordable housing. He is a past President of the Carrboro-Chapel Hill NAACP.
Interviewed by Kathy Atwater and George Barrett on March 11, 2023
Eugene Farrar - On political organizing and community activism
In this interview, Eugene Farrar reminisces on his time as a political organizer and activist. Farrar was born and raised in Chapel Hill. He lived in Baltimore from 1963 to 2001, where he would become involved in political organizing and community activism. The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. inspired Farrar to get involved with politics. He talks about the Mitchell family, a prominent African American family in Baltimore who were crucial in making Baltimore a more equal society. Upon returning to Chapel Hill in 2001, Farrar noticed how racism has become more covert compared to the 1960s and continued his work as a political organizer. He would go on to work with Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. He was happy to see that younger people were coming out to vote and help with the campaign. What Farrar emphasizes in this interview is the importance of voting. To him, voting is a civic duty and gives everyone a say in the political world. Fighting for voting rights is an important subject for Mr. Farrar. He concludes the interview encouraging listeners to vote and discussing his time at a gospel event called Frangelism.
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