Segregation

Military
8:05 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

North Carolina Man Receives Coast Guard Promotion 34 Years After Retirement

Honorary Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Clemon Terrell and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell celebrate the former’s promotion during a ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Burlington, N.C.

Clemon H. Terrell enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1950 as a steward, the only job available to African-Americans at that time. He would make the officers' beds and shine their shoes, among other duties. There were limited opportunities for advancement. This week, 34 years following his retirement from the service, Terrell was promoted to honorary Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer.
 

"I was ecstatic. Being promoted to Chief Petty Officer is a prestigious promotion," he said, adding that the the Chief Petty Officer has the respect of everyone "from the Admiral on down."

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Former Raleigh Mayor Smedes York Tells Story Of City's Growth

Credit Lulu Publishing

    

Raleigh native Smedes York has witnessed and facilitated decades of growth in his hometown.

His father developed the iconic Cameron Village in the late 1940s, and he tackled the redevelopment of downtown during his time as mayor from 1979 to 1983.

His memoir, Growing up with Raleigh (Lulu Publishing/2014), documents a life of business, politics and urban planning in North Carolina's capital city.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Smedes York and historian John Sharpe about Growing Up With Raleigh.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Segregation Again

African American students getting on a school bus in Grimesland, North Carolina in the 1950s
Credit ECU Digital Collections/Flickr

    

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Brown V. Board of Education, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ushered in the era of school desegregation.

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