Skip to main content

Norman Mitchell oral history interview, 2004 March 15

 Digital Record
Identifier: OH-MI0461


  • Creation: 2004-03-15


Norman A. Mitchell, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, recounts his experiences growing up in Charlotte during segregation in the 1950s and 1960s and after integration. He describes how black schools received fewer resources while he was a student, and discusses his high school jobs, including working as a delivery assistant for a pharmacy and as a junior counselor at Bethlehem Center. Mr. Mitchell discusses violence during segregation, and argues that African Americans' faith was often the only thing that kept them going during difficult times. He also shares his thoughts on casual racism in language and how he feels that people who aren't racist may use racist terminology when they feel comfortable among friends or colleagues, even though they should know better. Other topics discussed include Presbyterian churches in Charlotte, the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP, and how the city has changed over time.


30 Minutes

Language of Materials


Repository Details

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

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

About this Site

Finding aids are guides to archival collections, including manuscripts, university records, and oral history collections. These guides help you find physical collections which can be viewed in the Dalton Reading Room on the 10th floor of Atkins Library. A small number of finding aids link to digital content online. Please contact us to learn more or to schedule an appointment:

Special Collections and University Archives
J. Murrey Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
(704) 687-1170
Schedule an Appointment