Title: Oral History Interview with Edwin Caldwell, March 2, 2001. Interview K-0202.
Interviewer: White, Oliver
Interviewee: Caldwell, Edwin
Subjects: African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Politics and government Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations--20th century Caldwell, Edwin, Jr. Lee, Howard Church of Reconciliation (Chapel Hill, N.C.) Chapel Hill-Carrboro Board of Education
Abstract: Edwin Caldwell Jr. describes a lifetime of civil rights activism and political involvement. A natural political organizer, Caldwell helped Howard Lee become the first black mayor of Chapel Hill. Despite losing a number of his own campaigns for office, Caldwell enjoyed a growing reputation as a political force in North Carolina. This reputation earned him a seat on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board and various others positions of influence. Caldwell discusses the mechanics behind some of these positions and the influence of his race on his political life.