Organizations try to anticipate racial troubles
Best briefly describes the activities of the Good Neighbor and Human Relations Councils. In short, these groups tried to anticipate race-related problems and fix them before they matured.
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Oral History Interview with Andrew Best, April 19, 1997. Interview R-0011. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- KAREN KRUISE THOMAS:
What kind of activities did the Good Neighbor and Human Relations
- ANDREW BEST:
On the local level, they were supposed to be involved in problem-solving
where disputes or misunderstandings would come up, dealing with the
problem of human relations or race relations. Besides trying to cure a
problem that existed, more importantly, they were trying to anticipate
things, and prevent them. So it was two-fold. I had always supported
Jesse Harris, the young man who's been the head of the local
Human Relations Council here in Greenville, and always supported those
activities. After I had moved on out, about six years ago, they
established a Best-Irons Humanitarian award. The first year, they gave
the plaque to me and Dr. Malene [Irons]. Since then, every year
they've had a banquet and picked out somebody in the
community who's done a lot to promote human relations. I say
human relations, because it goes beyond race relations. We're
just as pro doing whatever is right, no matter what race you are.
That's more or less the thrust of what they're
doing now. I served on the state group for about 14 years.