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David Hunter, 2005 April 14

Identifier: BB-HU0024

Scope and Contents

David Lee Hunter chronicles his experiences growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina during segregation in the 1940s and 1950s to later living and working in an integrated society. Mr. Hunter describes working as a teenager during the 1940s at the Ringside Grill in Charlotte and developing a close relationship with the Stavrakas family, who supported his employment there despite facing racial prejudice from some customers. He then recalls his first professional job after college as a math teacher at Carver College, continuing his education, and the integration of Carver College and UNC Charlotte. Mr. Hunter describes the precariousness of his employment during the early 1960s and moving from positions at UNC Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to Central Piedmont Community College. He discusses how his race impacted his work life, particularly during and right after integration. He also critiques contemporary education and shares his belief that during segregation, teachers were more involved with the success of each student. Other topics discussed include the lack of public accommodations for black people during segregation, participating in sit-in demonstrations in the South, and changes in school discipline over time.


  • Creation: 2005 April 14

Conditions Governing Access

16 of the 23 interviews that comprise the Era Before Brown v. Board of Education oral history project have been digitized and are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

David Hunter was a 71-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place at his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1933. He obtained a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from Johnson C. Smith University, completed graduate studies in mathematics at North Carolina State University and Rutgers University, and received his Doctorate in Education from Nova University. He was employed as a mathematics instructor at Carver College, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) and as an administrator at CPCC.


68 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
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Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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