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Harold Miller, 2015 October 22

Identifier: CH-MI0013

Scope and Contents

Harold Miller discusses living in the Optimist Park neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina for twenty-seven years. He grew up with twelve siblings in Charlotte and compares his upbringing with the experiences of contemporary children. He describes obstacles to success that he sees young people in his community facing, including a lack of organized activities and a culture of disrespect and disregard for others. Mr. Miller discusses changes in Optimist Park during his time there, including new residents. He details ways that he believes the community could improve, such as providing activities for neighborhood youth and attracting new businesses. He shares his opinion that the light rail will have a positive impact on the community by providing easy access to the University area and other parts of Charlotte.


  • Creation: 2015 October 22


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Biographical Note

Harold Miller was a 58-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in the Fifteenth Street Church of God in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Charlotte in 1957. He was educated at Garinger High School and was employed with the Charlotte Utilities Department, the Charlotte Fire Department, and the Charlotte Observer.


32 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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