Collection Number: 05609

Collection Title: Howard Lee Papers, circa 1949-2010

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Size 7.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)
Abstract The collection of Howard Lee (1934- ), African American politician, social worker, and public officer in North Carolina from the late 1960s through the early 2000s, is primarily composed of correspondence, written speeches and addresses, newspaper clippings, photographs, campaign materials, and audio recordings of speeches. The collection documents Lee's tenure as the first black mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C.; his campaigns for public office including the Chapel Hill mayoral office, North Carolina statewide offices, and a United States congressional seat; his role and more generally the limited role of African Americans in the North Carolina Democratic Party; and his extensive career as a public speaker on topics of social welfare and reform, African American political and civic leadership, economic conditions and poverty, social work, institutional racism and race relations, public schools and education, and civil rights and social justice. Scattered materials reflect his early social work career as a probation officer for a juvenile court in Savannah, Ga. The collection also contains a few family photographs and a small amount of material related to Lee's songwriting including audio recordings. Acquired as part of the Southern Historical Collection.
Creator Lee, Howard, 1934-
Language English
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[Identification of item], in the Howard Lee Papers #5609, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Howard Lee in October 2014 (Acc. 102120).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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1934 Born 28 July 1934 in Lithonia, Ga. His parents Howard Lee and Lou Temple were sharecroppers.
1953 Graduated from high school and enrolled in Clark College in Atlanta, Ga.
1959 Graduated from Fort Valley State College where he had transferred in 1956. In the summer, he completed basic training in the United States Army.
1959-1961 Stationed in Fort Hood, Tex., and later Camp Casey in South Korea.
1961 Received an honorable discharge from the Army.
1962 Married Lillian Wesley. Lee worked as a juvenile probation officer in Savannah, Ga.
1966 Received a master’s degree (MSW) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work and joined the staff of Duke University and the faculty of North Carolina Central University.
1969 Elected as the first African American mayor of the predominantly white town of Chapel Hill, N.C.
1971 Reelected as mayor.
1972 Ran for the United States Congress in North Carolina’s Second Congressional District and lost the election.
1973 Reelected as mayor.
1975 Did not seek reelection as mayor.
1976 Sought the Democratic Party nomination for lieutenant governor of North Carolina but lost in the primary.
1977-1981 Served as Secretary of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, an appointment made by Governor James Hunt.
1990 Elected to the North Carolina State Senate in which he served from 1990 to 1994 and then again from 1996 to 2002.
2003 Elected to be chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
2005 Appointed to the North Carolina Utilities Commission by Governor Mike Easley.
2008 Published his memoir The Courage to Lead: One Man's Journey in Public Service.
2009 Appointed to the North Carolina Education Cabinet by Governor Beverly Perdue.
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The collection is primarily composed of Howard Lee's political correspondence from the late 1960s and 1970s, speeches both written and recorded, newspaper clippings, and photographs. The majority of the materials document Lees's tenure as mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., political campaigns, and speaking engagements. The collection as a whole reflects his social, economic, and political concerns and his ethos of social justice.

The collection is arranged into three series:

Series one contains office files, chiefly correspondence, from Lee's tenure as the mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., from 1969 to 1975. These files reflect the concerns of Lee's constituents; town and gown relations with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lee's role in the North Carolina Democratic Party and the limited roles for African Americans in the state's Democratic Party; and municipal and social welfare problems of that era and the corresponding reform and improvement efforts. Notable correspondents include President Gerald Ford, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, and African American civic leader and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. executive in Durham, N.C., A.J.H. Clement, III. Political campaign materials document Lee's runs for mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, 1971, and 1973, the congressional seat for North Carolina's second district in 1972, North Carolina's lieutenant governor in 1976, and the North Carolina state senate in the 1990s and early 2000s. Materials include campaign speeches, campaign platforms, clippings, audio recordings of news conferences and radio advertisements, photographs of Lee with other political figures and on the campaign trail, campaign finance reports, and campaign literature and ephemera such as brochures, bumper stickers, pin back buttons, and posters. Also contained in the series are photographs of UNC Chapel Hill basketball coach and civil rights proponent Dean Smith and Secretary of State, Edmund Muskie, and a small number of items pertaining to Lee's tenure with the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Series two contains handwritten and typescript drafts of speeches and addresses, especially for commencement ceremonies, composed by Lee and audio recordings and photographs of Lee delivering speeches. Also included are printed items and other materials such as stories, poems, and biblical verses he used in writing speeches, programs from events where he spoke, and correspondence concerning his speaking engagements. Recurring themes in the speeches are black leadership, black elected officials, black power, social work, public service, politics, social revolution, poverty, inequality, coalition building, and racism and race relations between blacks and whites both historically and contemporaneously. Other topics addressed in speeches include Lee's own stories from his past, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, affirmative action, education and public schools, desegregation, African American businesses, municipal governance, health care, welfare and welfare reform, tokenism, the death penalty, black churches, community organizing, and the Vietnam War.

Series three contains contains scattered correspondence pertaining to Lee's employment as a juvenile probation officer and social worker, his songwriting and fiction writing, his professional writing as a social worker, and the publication of his memoir titled The Courage to Lead: One Man's Journey in Public Service. Other materials are audio recordings of Lee's songs, sheet music for a song by Lee, stories, poetry, and articles written by Lee, newspaper clippings, his high school year book, family photographs, and certificates for awards Lee was given.

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This series contains office files, chiefly correspondence, from Lee's tenure as the mayor of Chapel Hill, N.C., from 1969 to 1975. These files reflect the concerns of Lee's constituents; town and gown relations with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lee's role in the North Carolina Democratic Party and the limited roles for African Americans in the state's Democratic Party; and municipal and social welfare problems of that era and the corresponding reform and improvement efforts. Notable correspondents include President Gerald Ford, civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, and African American civic leader and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. executive in Durham, N.C., A.J.H. Clement, III.

Political campaign materials document Lee's runs for mayor of Chapel Hill in 1969, 1971, and 1973, the congressional seat for North Carolina's second district in 1972, North Carolina's lieutenant governor in 1976, and the North Carolina state senate in the 1990s and early 2000s. Materials include campaign speeches, campaign platforms, clippings, audio recordings of news conferences and radio advertisements, photographs of Lee with other political figures and on the campaign trail, campaign finance reports, and campaign literature and ephemera such as brochures, bumper stickers, pin back buttons, and posters.

Also contained in the series are photographs of UNC Chapel Hill basketball coach and civil rights proponent Dean Smith and Secretary of State, Edmund Muskie, and a small number of items pertaining to Lee's tenure with the North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development and the North Carolina State Board of Education.

Folder 1

Mayor's office files, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 1

Topics include town and gown relations with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; membership in the Southern Regional Council; and drug use in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Folder 2-6

Mayor's office files, 1970 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 2-6

Topics include UNC student protests against Vietnam War; staffing in the mayor's office; proposal for an Orange County Council of Governments; extension of the 1965 Voting Rights Act; public transportation and parking in Chapel Hill; proposal for a Town-Gown Commission with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; proposed teen center in Chapel Hill; the 1970 U.S. Census; constituents' concerns; Lee's Equal Opportunity Award from the National Urban League; pollution in Morgan Creek and other parts of Chapel Hill; and the North Carolina Democratic Party. Contains a mayoral proclamation announcing Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on 15 January 1970.

Folder 7-11

Mayor's office files, 1971 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 7-11

Topics include the United Voter Movement; federal funding; housing and neighborhood development; the American Legion's efforts on behalf of American POWs in Southeast Asia; the Cooperative School for Pregnant School Girls in Durham, N.C.; North Carolina Democratic Party; hitchhiking in Chapel Hill; domestic violence and the Chapel Hill Police Department; the Orange County Board of Elections; pollution in Morgan Creek and other parts of Chapel Hill; and sidewalk vending in Chapel Hill.

Folder 12-24

Mayor's office files, 1972 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 12-24

Topic include sidewalk vending in Chapel Hill; town and gown relations with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; solid waste recycling program and pollution; the Human Relations Committee; need for a community hospital in Chapel Hill; North Carolina's Second Congressional District and the congressional election; housing in Chapel Hill for limited income families; the North Carolina Health Manpower Program; cable television in Chapel Hill; zoning ordinances, noise ordinances, parking regulations, and traffic in Chapel Hill; the Drug Action Committee and drug abuse; Chapel Hill Housing Authority; Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women; parks and recreation; North Carolina Miss Black America Pageant; National Urban League; National Conference on Social Welfare; emergency preparedness; Democratic National Convention; Chapel Hill Historic District; WRAL televised editorials; Black Political Caucus; Rogers Road community and the adjacent landfill; Hargrove "Skipper" Bowles gubernatorial campaign; penal reform; working conditions in the Chapel Hill Police Department; election of Jesse Helms to the United States Senate; North Carolina Voter Education Project; Community Youth Rehabilitation Program; and Lee's support for dredging Calico Creek in Carteret County, N.C.

Folder 25-39

Mayor's office files, 1973 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 25-39

Topics include business franchises such as Holiday Inn and Coors beer; Southern Black Mayors Conference; business and investments in Haiti; planning process for the University Mall; the Calico Creek Harbor Project; North Carolina Committee for Children and Youth; North Carolina Democratic Party; constituents' concerns including dog leash and noise ordinances and traffic patterns; equal opportunities for African Americans in the North Carolina Democratic Party; the Equal Rights Amendment; National Conference on Social Welfare; Central Business District Committee; Work Incentive Program (WIN) in Orange County, N.C.; Chapel Hill roads; Manpower Resource Mobilization Project; establishment of a Department of Human Services; energy conservation; University Mall; pollution and drinking water; minority recruitment by Duke University's medical school; and land use and development.

Of interest is a letter dated 19 March 1973 and written to Lee from A.J.H. Clement, III., of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company. In the letter, Clement explains his objections to the North Carolina Democratic Party's Jefferson-Jackson Dinner and the limited participation of blacks in the Party. "I fail to see how any self-respecting Black person or Caucasian for that matter - who is dedicated to the cause of Justice and Fairness for all people - can come to Raleigh this Saturday and worship at the facsimile of a shrine of Slavemasters and/or Hypocrites."

Folder 40-62

Mayor's office files, 1974 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 40-62

Topics include transportation, traffic, and the bus system in Chapel Hill; parks and recreation; North Carolina Democratic Party; gasoline shortages and the energy crisis; National Association of Social Workers; Department of Human Services; Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change symposium on "After Watergate - The New Political Agenda"; Southern Railway Terminal Building in Carrboro, N.C.; Drug Action Committee and drug abuse; establishment of a volunteer center for Orange County, N.C.; solid waste recycling; Southern Conference of Black Mayors; sidewalk or street vending; Chapel Hill Housing Authority; mental health of minority groups; building codes and federal regulations as related to "handicapped" persons with disabilities; Conference on Hunger; pine beetle infestation; waste water treatment; the Hatch Act; Carol Woods project; New Housing & Community Development Act of 1974; possible presidential candidacy of Terry Sanford; Minority Business Association of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, N.C.; Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Project's proposal to examine child abuse and neglect; and UNC Airport (now Horace Williams Airport).

Of note is a 19 September 1974 letter from President Gerald Ford concerning a Conference on Inflation.

Folder 63-95

Mayor's office files, 1975 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 63-95

Topics include Sister Cities International; bus system in Chapel Hill and mass transit; Committee on Aging; HUD Housing Assistance Program; constituents' concerns including trash collection, parking, and traffic; Committee for the Study of a Fair Campaign Practice Code; Lee's potential candidacy for lieutenant governor of North Carolina; recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr.; regional planning; presidential candidacy of Terry Sanford; Chapel Hill's landfill; Community Blood Assurance Plan for Chapel Hill and Carrboro; water supply and waste water treatment; Joan Little; damage to plots in the old Chapel Hill Cemetery; Research Triangle Business Resource Center; Special Task Force on Community Health in Orange County; study on Rural Health Care; housing for elderly; television program "On Campus" hosted by Lee; National Association of Social Workers; the American Association of University Women's "Roster of Highly Qualified Women in the Triangle Area of North Carolina"; solid waste recycling; North Carolina Democratic Party; Legal Aid Society; North Carolina Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers Association's Economic Development Plan; Human Relations Commission; day care; National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); University of North Carolina's operation and maintenance of an electric distribution center (power plant); and Lee's campaign for lieutenant governor of North Carolina. A number of constituent letters in the month of August 1975 are from Chapel Hill High School students.

Of interest is a lengthy letter dated 1 June 1975 from a blind resident of Chapel Hill, who describes his safety concerns and the lack of enforcement of crosswalk laws.

Folder 96

Mayor's office files, 1969-1973 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 96

Topics include black businessmen, the Black Caucus, and black members of the North Carolina State Democratic Party.

Folder 97

Mayor's office files, undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 97

"A Statement from Mayor Howard N. Lee at the Formal Opening of the Ridgefield Town Houses."

Folder 98

Mayor's office files, undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 98

The "Day Care Section" of the Chapel Hill Town Charter.

Folder 99

Mayor's office files, undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 99

"Mayor's Message on Revenue Sharing."

Folder 100

Mayor's office files, undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 100

Templates for certificates.

Folder 101

Mayor's office files, undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 101

Editorials possibly delivered on WRAL.

Folder 102

Mayoral campaigns, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 102

"Preserving the best and Improving the Rest, A Statement by Howard N. Lee, Candidate for Mayor."

Folder 103

Mayoral campaigns, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 103

Printed campaign materials.

Folder 104

Mayoral campaigns, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 104

Proposed platform.

Folder 105-106

Mayoral campaigns, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 105-106

Congratulatory letters, cards, and telegrams.

Audiocassette C-05609/3

Speeches and radio advertisements, 1969-1976 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." C-05609/3

Side A: "1970 speech, Chapel Hill High School Commencement, radio advertisements 1976 lieutenant governor campaign, 1969 radio advertisements for mayor campaign, 1969 news clips for mayor campaign."

Side B: "speech (campaign) C. M. Jaycee 3 April 1969, swearing in ceremony for Howard N. Lee and his swearing in speech, 12 May 1969, 7:30 p.m., Chapel Hill Town Hall."

Folder 107

Mayor's installation speech, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 107

Folder 108-109

Mayoral campaigns, 1971 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 108-109

Includes a printed letter from Lee and typed statements about his record in office.

Folder 110-111

Acceptance speech for third mayoral term, 1973 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 110-111

Image Folder PF-5609/1

Howard Lee mayoral campaign, 1969 and 1971 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/1

5 images

Image Folder PF-5609/2

Howard Lee mayoral campaign, 1969 and 1971 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/2

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/3

Howard Lee being sworn in as mayor, 1969 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/3

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/4

Howard Lee mayoral portrait, 1970s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/4

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/5

Howard Lee as politician, 1970s [?] #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/5

3 images

Image Folder PF-5609/6

Howard Lee talking to constituents, circa 1970s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/6

8 images

Folder 112-113

Statement on election intentions, 1975 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 112-113

"I have asked you here so that I might announce my decision regarding another term as mayor."

Folder 114-129

Congressional campaign, 1972 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 114-129

Includes campaign finance materials, opposition research, printed items, correspondence, mailing lists, and campaign speeches.

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5609/1

Congressional campaign, 1972 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." OPF-5609/1

Printed campaign posters and calendars

Folder 130-135

Lieutenant governor campaign, 1976 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 130-135

Includes campaign speeches, press releases, Lee's educational platform, newspaper clippings, and a biographical sketch.

Audiocassette C-05609/8

Lee family interviews on election night, lieutenant governor campaign, 17 August 1976 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." C-05609/8

Audiocassette C-05609/9

News conference, lieutenant governor campaign, 1976 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." C-05609/9

"Criminal justice."

Audiocassette C-05609/10

News conference, lieutenant governor campaign, 1976 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." C-05609/10

"Industrial recruiting."

Folder 136

North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development, 1979-1981 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 136

Scattered documents include a memorandum from North Carolina Governor James Hunt about the Disciples of Education Program.

Image Folder PF-5609/7

Howard Lee being sworn in, 1977 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/7

7 images

Secretary of North Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Community Development.

Audiocassette C-05609/52

Speech by Howard Lee after losing North Carolina Senate race, 2002 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." C-05609/52

Image Folder PF-5609/8

Howard Lee being sworn into government office, 1970s - 1980s [?] #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/8

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/9

Howard Lee and other politicians, 1970s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/9

3 images

Image Folder PF-5609/10

Howard Lee as politician, 1980s [?] #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/10

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/11

Howard Lee with Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt, 1992 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/11

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/12

Howard Lee campaigning for North Carolina Senate, 1990s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/12

2 images

Folder 137

North Carolina State Senate campaign, 1996 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 137

Printed items and speech.

Folder 138

North Carolina State Senate election, 2000 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 138

Certificate.

Folder 139

North Carolina State Board of Education, 2007-2010 #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 139

Image Folder PF-5609/13

Howard Lee and other politicians, 2000s - 2010s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/13

5 images

Image Folder PF-5609/14

Edmund Muskie, 1970s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/14

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/15

Dean Smith, 1990s #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." PF-5609/15

1 image

Folder 140-145

Clippings, 1969-2009 and undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." Folder 140-145

Oversize Paper Folder OPF-5609/2

Clippings, 1969-1980 and undated #05609, Series: "1. Politics and Public Office, 1969-2010." OPF-5609/2

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This series contains handwritten and typescript drafts of speeches and addresses, especially for commencement ceremonies, composed by Lee and audio recordings and photographs of Lee delivering speeches. Also included are printed items and other materials such as stories, poems, and biblical verses he used in writing speeches, programs from events where he spoke, and correspondence concerning his speaking engagements. Recurring themes in the speeches are black leadership, black elected officials, black power, social work, public service, politics, social revolution, poverty, inequality, coalition building, and racism and race relations between blacks and whites both historically and contemporaneously. Other topics addressed in speeches include Lee's own stories from his past, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy, affirmative action, education and public schools, desegregation, African American businesses, municipal governance, health care, welfare and welfare reform, tokenism, the death penalty, black churches, community organizing, and the Vietnam War.

Folder 146-155

Correspondence, 1969-1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 146-155

Folder 156-161

Event programs, 1969-1975 and 1996 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 156-161

Folder 162-163

"The 21st Century Challenge," 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 162-163

North Carolina Office of Minority Business Enterprise.

Folder 164

"The Challenge to Lead," 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 164

Commencement speech.

Folder 165

"A Challenge to Youth -- Quest for Relevance," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 165

Commencement speech. Alternate title: "Which Way My Friends."

Folder 166

"Our Challenge: Dreams to Fulfill," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 166

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

Folder 167

"Meeting the Challenge of Change: If You Want to Be Successful, Do What Successful People Do," 1995 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 167

Education.

Folder 168

"Challenges Facing Positive Thinkers in the Year 2000," circa 1999 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 168

Folder 169

"Tomorrow's Agenda -- Today's Agenda," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 169

Folder 170

"Which Way My Friends," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 170

Folder 171

"Know Thyself," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 171

Folder 172

"Education and Economics: The Keys to Equality," 1970s #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 172

"Predominately major white institutions will have to change their images among blacks and make greater efforts to attract black students (not just athletes and super blacks), and to make extra efforts to assist these students who come in with deficiencies to succeed."

Folder 173

"Perspective from the Community on Education," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 173

Folder 174

"The Role of Education in an Ever Changing World," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 174

Folder 175

"Our Sick Society," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 175

Desegregation and separatism.

Folder 176

"Is Desegregation in the Public Schools Achieving the Intent of the Law?," 1967 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 176

Folder 177

"Fathers and Their Quest to Understand," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 177

Father's Day.

Folder 178

"Fathers in a Society of Rapid Change," 1969 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 178

Folder 179

"Health Care: A Priority for a Social Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 179

Folder 180

"Health Care at a Cross Roads," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 180

Folder 181

"Criminal Justice," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 181

Folder 182

"Learning Opportunities for All," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 182

Juvenile courts.

Folder 183

"Vietnam War Moratorium," 1969 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 183

Folder 184

"The Poor, The Black and the American Revolution," 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 184

"I am southern and black, and I know how desperately we need more black leaders all over this land but especially in the South."

Folder 185

"The 70's + Black Elected Officials," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 185

Folder 186

"The Black Struggle and the Social Revolution," 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 186

"Before us is the dawning of a new day that will demand rapid change on many fronts and will not tolerate gradualism."

Folder 187

"Black Power Revisited," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 187

Folder 188

"Black Power, Politics and Church," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 188

Folder 189

"Black Power and the Black Church," #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 189

"Ever since [Stokely] Carmichael shouted 'Black Power' in a Mississippi school yard, America has been shaking at its very roots fearing some sort of black takeover."

Folder 190

"Black Church: Black Power and Politics," 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 190

Folder 191

"Black Power and Black America," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 191

Folder 192

"Real Black Agenda," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 192

Folder 193

"The Black Struggle + the Southern Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 193

Folder 194-195

"The Black Struggle and the American Revolution," #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 194-195

"We must speak out against violence, but we must speak out just as forcefully against those conditions that breed violence. We must speak out against separatism, but we must also speak out against a racist system that does not provide equal opportunity for all its citizens, particularly black."

Folder 196

"Black Sensitivity and Civil Rights," 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 196

Folder 197-198

"Black Power: The Key to Black Survival," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 197-198

Folder 199

"Which Way Black Leaders," 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 199

Commencement speech.

Folder 200

"A Challenge for '72--Black Unity & Coalition Politics," circa 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 200

Folder 201-203

"Black Pearls in American History," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 201-203

"It has been my love for the South that has kept me here. It has been my faith that kept me probing the sins of this South; living with its failures; enduring its [ugliness] and trying very hard to understand its stresses."

Folder 204

"The Black Elected Official," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 204

Folder 205

"The Black Elected Official and the Changing American Scene," 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 205

Folder 206

"The Responsibilities of the Black Administrator," #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 206

Folder 207

"The Black Elected Official and Southern Politics, " undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 207

"Black power then ultimately means that blacks will pool their strength with folks both black and white of decency and put blacks into position so that they can produce the goods and services that blacks need."

Folder 208

"I Dare You," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 208

Folder 209

"To Strive Toward Excellence: The Real Black Agenda," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 209

Folder 210

"Liberty and Justice for All: A Dream Deferred," 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 210

Commencement speech.

Folder 211

"Our Dream Deferred: Equality , Liberty and Justice," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 211

Memorial service for Whitney Moore Young, Jr.

Folder 212

"We Can Do Better--Together," 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 212

Congressional campaign rally speech.

Folder 213

"It's Coalition Time Again," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 213

Address to fraternity Phi Beta Sigma.

Folder 214

"A Time for Coalitions," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 214

Folder 215

"A Time for New Coalitions," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 215

Folder 216

"Getting Together," 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 216

"One slum house stands - All suffer. Have inadequate social services or oppressive welfare system - all suffer."

Folder 217

"People United -- A Dream to Fulfill," circa 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 217

"I think of the many obstacles which block my way simply because I am Black. I think about not being able to seriously seek to become President or Vice President of the United States or U.S. Senator from N.C."

Folder 218

"The Power of the People," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 218

Folder 219

"The Power of the Leader + the People," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 219

Folder 220

"The Power of the Leader," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 220

Folder 221

"Blueprint for Progress," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 221

"A Program of Citizen Participation in Setting and Implementing Community Goals."

Folder 222

"The New Localism," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 222

"Ultimately government closest to the people must make the difference."

Folder 223

"The Small City and Urban Problems (A Perspective from Chapel Hill)," 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 223

Speech delivered at Public Policy Forum.

Folder 224

"The Problems of Running a City," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 224

Folder 225

"Acting in the Affirmative," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 225

"Manpower, affirmative action, and personnel processes."

Folder 226

"Business in the Grey," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 226

"It has been the black economic base that has supported these businesses through buying power and yet blacks [have] usually come out on the short end of the stick with regards to employment power."

Folder 227

"The Ethic of Public Unionization," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 227

Folder 228

"Personnel - The Company's Conscience," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 228

Folder 229

"The Base of Power: Politics and Economics," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 229

Folder 230

"A Time for A Plan -- Politics 1972," circa 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 230

Folder 231

"Community Political Strategy," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 231

Folder 232

"Political Trends and Urban Life Styles in North Carolina," #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 232

Folder 233

"Politics of the Poor and Health in the American Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 233

Folder 234

"Politicking for the Aged," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 234

Conference on Mental Health Counseling and Aging.

Folder 235

"Politicking for Older Americans," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 235

Conference on Alternative to Institutional Care for Older Americans.

Folder 236

"Labor and a Populist Political Coalition," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 236

Folder 237

"The Challenged Generation," 1990 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 237

Commencement speech.

Folder 238

"Gracious Giving," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 238

Folder 239

"Brothers One," 1959 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 239

"If our brothers are oppressed, then we are oppressed."

Folder 240

"Politics Defined," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 240

Folder 241

"The Beginning of Forever," 21 May 1983 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 241

Eulogy for Lou Tempie Barnes Lee.

Folder 242

"Political Realities of the Nineties," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 242

Speech delivered to the Boston University School of Social Work Alumni College.

Folder 243

"Politics and People Power," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 243

Folder 244

"People Power Through Politics," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 244

Speech delivered to the Barbers Protective Association in Danville, Va.

Folder 245

"The Church: The Churchman and Political Change," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 245

Speech delivered to the Pembroke Kiwanis Club.

Folder 246

"Need: Politics for People," 20 July 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 246

Speech delivered to the Durham Committee on Black Affairs in Durham, N.C.

Folder 247

"Southern Politics and the American Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 247

Folder 248

"Human Relations and Political Power," circa 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 248

Folder 249

"Political Power to the People," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 249

Folder 250-252

"Power, People and Political Responsibility," 1974 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 250-252

Commencement speech.

Folder 253

"A New Political Social Work," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 253

Folder 254-255

"Social Workers and Politics," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 254-255

Folder 256

"Social Work and the Political System," circa 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 256

Folder 257

"Social Work and Social Welfare: Political Footballs," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 257

Folder 258

"Our Social Dilemma: Youth Activism and Adult Backlash," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 258

Folder 259

"The New Day for Social Work in the Midst of Cross-Fires of Coalitions," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 259

Folder 260-261

"Social Work and the American Crisis, " 15 February 1969 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 260-261

Speech delivered at the Tennessee National Association of Social Workers State Council Workshop.

Folder 262

"An Awakening Social Work," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 262

Folder 263

"Toward a New Social Work," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 263

Folder 264-265

"Social Work and the Social Revolution," circa 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 264-265

Folder 266-267

"Social Welfare and the Political and Social Revolution," March 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 266-267

Folder 268-270

"Society - Social Work - and the Social Revolution," 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 268-270

Folder 271-274

"Welfare and the Social Revolution Where Do We Stand," 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 271-274

Folder 275

"A System Caught in Revolutionary Cross-Fires," 29 May 1969 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 275

Folder 276-277

"The New Mood for Rapid Change -- Revolution or Reformation," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 276-277

Folder 278

"Human Relations and 20th century Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 278

Folder 279-280

"A Time of Revolutions -- A Positive Force for Change," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 279-280

Folder 281

"Health Care -- A Priority for a Social Revolution," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 281

Folder 282

"Accountability and Community Action," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 282

Speech delivered to the National Federation of Student Social Workers.

Folder 283-284

"Accountability A Threat or a Challenge," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 283-284

Folder 285

"Welfare Reform," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 285

Folder 286

"Social Welfare --Society's Step-Child," 6 April 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 286

Speech delivered at Southern Welfare Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

Folder 287

"Inspired by Dreams; Sustained by Faith," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 287

Delivered as a "worship leader" at a church service.

Folder 288

"Irritated Oysters Make Pearls," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 288

"Down in Americus Georgia, a man named Milliard [Fuller] became irritated by the lack of available and affordable housing for the masses…sacrificed his personal fortune to [found] Habitat for Humanity. He produced a Pearl."

Folder 289

"These Are the Times That Try Christian Souls," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 289

Folder 290

"Politics: A Public Trust with Responsibility," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 290

Speech delivered to the North Carolina Student Legislature.

Folder 291

"A Message from the Stars," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 291

"First blacks must come together as a people, unify, develop pride and develop a nationalism."

Folder 292

"A Plan for Survival," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 292

Speech delivered at Atlanta University Annual Founder's Day Convocation.

Folder 293-294

"Which Way Johnston Scholars," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 293-294

Folder 295-297

"Which Way Democrats," 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 295-297

Folder 298

"Which Way Democrats--74 & 76," circa 1974 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 298

Folder 299

"Toward a New Majority -- Democratic Politics," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 299

Folder 300

"The Second Reconstruction," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 300

Keynote address to a YDC (Youth Democratic Club) convention. "But the day of tokenism must be buried and organizations such as the YDC must go on record condemning such actions as appeasements."

Audiocassette C-05609/36

Speech to Young Democrats Club, 26 March 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/36

North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/41

Wake County (N.C.) Young Democrats Club, 15 August 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/41

Raleigh, N.C.

Folder 301

"We Must Learn From History," 12 April 1985 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 301

Keynote address to Orange County [N.C.] Democratic Party Convention.

Folder 302

Untitled speech, circa 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 302

"The Democratic Party, for the first in this state and this nation is facing one of its biggest crisis in the existence of its history…We are a house divided against itself."

Folder 303

Untitled speech, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 303

"Fellow Democrats…We are now searching for a new way to define what it means to be a Democrat."

Folder 304

Seconding speech for Terry Sanford, 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 304

Delivered at the Democratic National Convention.

Folder 305

Introduction of Mayor Maynard Jackson, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 305

Delivered at Durham County Democratic Rally.

Folder 306

Testimony, 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 306

Testimony before the United States Senate Committee on Public Works concerning federal involvement in state and municipal economic development.

Folder 307

Voice of America interview transcript, 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 307

Folder 308-309

On Campus scripts, 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 308-309

Program on the campus of St. Augustine's College [now University] in Raleigh, N.C.

Folder 310-311

"Let's Learn from Our History," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 310-311

Folder 312-313

"Let's Learn from Our History," 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 312-313

Commencement speech.

Folder 314-315

"Let's Learn from History," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 314-315

Folder 316-317

"Let's Learn from History," 1975 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 316-317

Commencement speech.

Folder 318

"Learning from History," circa 1996 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 318

Folder 319

"Which Way from Here," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 319

High school commencement speech.

Folder 320

"Which Way from Here," undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 320

High school commencement speech.

Folder 321-334

Untitled commencement addresses, 1972-1983 and undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 321-334

Folder 335-336

Untitled speech, 3 November 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 335-336

Speech delivered at North Carolina Central University Founder's Day.

Folder 337

Untitled speech delivered to National Urban League, 1 August 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 337

"If you live in a suburb that cuts itself off from the realities of the world and you feel because of that, that everything is alright with the world, then you are part of the problem and not the solution."

Folder 338-339

Untitled speeches on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 338-339

"As we gather to remember the life and legacy of Dr. King, let us use this time to measure how far we have come, take a realistic look at where we must go and reeducate ourselves to fulfilling the dream."

Audiocassette C-05609/46

Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, 15 January 1980 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/46

North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/47

Savings and Loan Association Conference, 19 February 1980 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/47

Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/48

Speech, "The Black Experience in Politics," 14 March 1980 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/48

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/49

North Raleigh Rotary Club speech on microelectronics, 21 January 1981 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/49

North Raleigh Holiday Inn, Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/50

"Howard Lee Appreciation Event, NRCD, Part 1," 1981 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/50

Audiocassette C-05609/51

"Howard Lee Appreciation Event, NRCD, Part 2," 1981 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/51

Folder 340-341

Untitled speeches on poverty and education, 1968 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 340-341

"...just look at our youth today. Some individualized themselves with beards, long hair, and LSD -- but not all of them are flower people. Most of them are in the Peace Corps, Moral Rearmament Groups, marching in peaceful demonstrations for inalienable rights promised to them by the fact of their birth." [Note that page one is missing.]

"When 30 percent of the young men from deprived environments fail to pass the basic selective service exam for induction…when over 50 percent of poverty students in many high schools drop out…when there are thousands of children who are reading two to three years below grade level, we must not view this as an individual failure but as a massive failure of our public school system to meet the needs of the poor."

Folder 342

Untitled speech delivers to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Jaycees, 1969 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 342

Folder 343

Untitled statement on regional planning, circa 1970 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 343

"One of the most pressing needs of the [Research Triangle, N.C.] area as it expands is a transportation system including a network of highways that will adequately service commercial and residential needs."

Folder 344

Untitled speech about Chapel Hill, circa 1971 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 344

"A decade of growth has left downtown Chapel Hill as a hub of activity by day and a no-man's land by night. Downtown residents have moved to the suburbs; students have moved to South Campus…The former center of our economic and social life has become devoid of people who live and work in and around the central business area."

Folder 345

Untitled speech delivered to the National Association of Social Workers, 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 345

"Social workers all over the country have indicated without question that they would like to see their national professional organization become more politically involved, gain more political power, get more political attention and effect the decisions that ultimately yield more suffering."

Folder 346

Untitled Speech delivered at Day Care & Child Development Council of America, Inc., 24 September 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 346

Speech delivered at Day Care & Child Development Council of America, Inc.

Folder 347

Untitled speech delivered at Forum on the South Tomorrow, 12 January 1972 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 347

Speech delivered at Forum on the South Tomorrow in Tampa, Fla., sponsored by the Southern Regional Council and University of South Florida.

Folder 348

Untitled speech to fraternal organization, 27 January 1973 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 348

"59th Anniversary Conclave" in Houston, Tex.

Audiocassette C-05609/7

Banquet speech, 16 April 1976 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/7

Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/11

Tribute to Howard Lee, 1976 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/11

Royal Villa Hotel, Raleigh, N.C. "Also speech by Big Daddy Howard Lee."

Audiocassette C-05609/12

North Carolina Human Relations Council, 10 February 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/12

Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/13

9th Annual Urban Affairs Institute, 12 April 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/13

Greensboro, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/14

Speech, 5 May 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/14

Washington, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/15

North Carolina Chapter, American Institute of Planners, 25 May 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/15

Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/16

Association of County Commissioners, 5 July 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/16

Sheraton Crabtree Hotel in Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/17

Rotary Club speech, 25 July 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/17

Winston Salem, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/18

Governor's School West, open house speech, 3 August 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/18

Salem College, Winston Salem, N.C

Audiocassette C-05609/19

Speeches, 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/19

Side 1: "Masters of Public Administration Alumni Association, Chapel Hill, N.C."

Side 2: "Annual Meeting, Lumber River Council of Government, Lumberton, N.C., 22 September 1978."

Audiocassette C-05609/21

North Carolina state branches of NAACP, 21 October 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/21

Charlotte, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/22

Speech, Pfeiffer College, 30 October 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/22

"Dr. Cameron West, President."

Audiocassette C-05609/23

Rural Initiatives ceremony, 28 November 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/23

Archdale Building in Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/24

Citizens Awareness Week, 2 December 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/24

Princeville, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/25

Speech, Human Relations Council luncheon, 6 December 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/25

Fayetteville, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/26

Speech, Congressman Vonno Lamar Gudger Jr., 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/26

Asheville, N.C., A National Resources Conference.

Audiocassette C-05609/27

"Howard Lee 1978 Review," 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/27

Folder 349

Untitled speech delivered to the National Association of Black Accountants, Charlotte Chapter, 25 September 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 349

"If you choose to live in an integrated neighborhood you apologize to no one for you have earned the right to live there and you accept that right with dignity."

Audiocassette C-05609/20

National Association of Black Accountants, 25 September 1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/20

Radisson Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/28

Annual meeting of Military-Civilian Communities Council, 26 January 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/28

Jacksonville, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/29

Governor's Conference on Inflation, 1 February 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/29

Raleigh Civic Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/30

Remarks, North Carolina Employment and Training Council, 9 February 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/30

Archdale Building in Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/31

Fairmont Chamber of Commerce, 13 February 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/31

Fairmont, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/32

Joint Center for Political Studies Conference for Local Elected Officials, 16 February 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/32

Columbia, S.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/33

Black History Month speech, 17 February 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/33

Pope Air Base, Fayetteville, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/34

Groundbreaking ceremony Waste Water Treatment Plant, 6 March 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/34

Roper, N.C.

Folder 350

Untitled speech delivered at Campbell College Spring Symposium, 8 March 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 350

"I went into the white females' bathroom, only to emerge and be met by several klansmen prominent around the town who lashed me quite lavishly…I came away from that experience with a commitment. The commitment was not to go seeking the land of promise, but to help build a land of promise in the South."

Audiocassette C-05609/35

Campbell College symposium, 13 March 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/35

Buies Creek, N.C.

Folder 351

Untitled speech delivered at Southern Regional Conference of Child Welfare League of America, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 351

Audiocassette C-05609/37

Employment and Training Association Annual Meeting, 4 April 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/37

McKimmons Center in Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/38

Alabama Conference of Social Workers, 11 April 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/38

Birmingham, Ala.

Audiocassette C-05609/39

Black Assembly Meeting, 1 June 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/39

Greenville, Pitt County, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/40

Speech, Community Relations Council, 5 June 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/40

Audiocassette C-05609/42

Shiloh Baptist Church, 9 September 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/42

Audiocassette C-05609/43

Durham Rotary Club, 22 October 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/43

Durham, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/44

Chowan Action Plan Public Meeting, 23 October 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/44

Edenton, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/45

Speech and television program, 1979 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/45

Side 1: "Speech to Arts Council delegates."

Side 2: "Television show 'Report to the People,' WXII, Winston-Salem with Jane Harrington."

Folder 352

Untitled speech delivered to the Alliance of North Carolina Black Elected Officials, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 352

Folder 353

Untitled speech delivered at Lander College, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 353

Lander College is in Greenwood, S.C. "My intent to talk in terms of creating the kind of atmosphere which will provide the opportunity and the freedom for blacks to participate in the total community as well as emphasizing to blacks their obligation and responsibility to be involved in the total community."

Folder 354

Untitled speech on race relations, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 354

"Honored to have been invited to share thoughts with you about black/Jewish relations: past and present."

Folder 355

Untitled speech on local government reform, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 355

"We are finding that government and governmental units are being scrutinized from within + from without and under constant pressure to change."

Folder 356

Untitled speech about social revolution and equal opportunity, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 356

"Now some of our brothers are telling us there is a black revolution. If by this we mean a radical escalation of black aspirations and demands, this is true. But there has basically been no reallocation of political and economic power."

Folder 357

Untitled speech on public office, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 357

"The black public servants, labor under even greater pressures. In addition to all the pressures, it is expected that you should right overnight the wrongs which have been done over many years…It is expected that you will be able to meet every need of the black community."

Folder 358

Untitled speech on "more open and responsive" government , undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 358

"American leadership act on symptoms not cause, unable to assign priorities, reacts rather than acts…"

Folder 359

Untitled speech delivered at Winston-Salem State University, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 359

"Do not settle for being a token and never settle for being a quarter. If you get inside, don't forget [there] are still a few people who will need your help to get inside."

Audiocassette C-05609/4

PEP (Paths for Employee Progress) Path to the Top, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/4

Audiocassette C-05609/5

PEP (Paths for Employee Progress) Path to the Top, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/5

Audiocassette C-05609/6

PEP (Paths for Employee Progress) Path to the Top, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/6

Audiocassette C-05609/53

Howard Lee remarks, Literacy Group, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/53

Raleigh, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/54

Induction Speech, Marine Fisheries Commission, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/54

Morehead City, N.C.

Audiocassette C-05609/55

Speeches, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/55

Side A: "Speech to RSVP Volunteers."

Side B: "Greensboro, N.C. Leadership Conference."

Audiocassette C-05609/56

Speech, Sampson County (N.C.) Voters League, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/56

Audiocassette C-05609/57

Speech, Scotland County, N.C., undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/57

Audiocassette C-05609/58

Speech, Urban Arts Center, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/58

Winston Salem, N.C

Audiocassette C-05609/59

Speech, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." C-05609/59

Johnson City, Tenn.

Image Folder PF-5609/16

Howard Lee giving speeches, 1970s [?] #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." PF-5609/16

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/17

Color transparencies (12 images) #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." PF-5609/17

12 images

Folder 360-365

Fragments of speeches, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 360-365

Folder 366

Notes for speeches, undated #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 366

Folder 367-379

Materials for speeches, circa 1966-1978 #05609, Series: "2. Speaking Engagements, 1959-1999." Folder 367-379

Includes reports, articles, anecdotes, biblical passages, and speeches by others including 1972 presidential nominating speeches for Terry Sanford.

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This series contains scattered correspondence pertaining to Lee's employment as a juvenile probation officer and social worker, his songwriting and fiction writing, his professional writing as a social worker, and the publication of his memoir titled The Courage to Lead: One Man's Journey in Public Service. Other materials are audio recordings of Lee's songs, sheet music for a song by Lee, stories, poetry, and articles written by Lee, newspaper clippings, his high school year book, family photographs, and certificates for awards Lee was given.

Folder 380

Employment, 1962 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 380

Letters and applications for employment as a social worker.

Folder 381

Juvenile - Domestic Relations Court, Savannah, Ga., 1962 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 381

Letters and proposals written by Howard Lee when he was serving as a probation officer for juveniles. Also included is an outline with the title "The Negro and Juvenile Delinquency in the South."

Folder 382

Personal correspondence, 1962-1975 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 382

Scattered letters from United States Army, Fort Valley State College, Duke University Medical Center, and others.

Folder 383

Lithonia, Ga., 1952 and undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 383

Bruce Street High School year book and a tourist brochure.

Folder 384

Graduate school in social work, 1962 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 384

Correspondence.

Folder 385

Song writing, 1962-1963 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 385

Chiefly correspondence with publishers. Also includes sheet music and lyrics for an original song by Lee titled "Give Me Another Chance."

Audiocassette C-05609/1

Songs by Howard Lee with Len Mack Trio in Korea, 1960 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." C-05609/1

"Also, original songs by Howard Lee."

Audiocassette C-05609/2

Songs, 1965-1966 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." C-05609/2

Side A: "Songs by Lee Family: Louise, Minnard, Frankie, Annie Lois, Larry B, solo by Howard Lee."

Side B: "A Trio: The Singing Social Workers Howard Lee, Robert Houser and Jim Shimkis, 1965-1966, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill."

Folder 386

Book publishers, 1962 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 386

Correspondence.

Folder 387

Poetry by Howard Lee, undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 387

Folder 388

"Phototherapy: A New Approach to Counseling Culturally and Economically Deprived Youth" by Howard Lee, undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 388

Published journal article.

Folder 389

"Political Activism for Social Work" by Howard Lee, undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 389

Folder 390

"The Black Elected Official and Southern Politics" by Howard Lee undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 390

Folder 391

The Black Politician, 1969-1970 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 391

Correspondence with Wadsworth Publishing Company, Inc.

Folder 392

"Biographical Sketch of George H. White" [by Howard Lee?], undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 392

Folder 393-394

The Courage to Lead: One Man's Journey in Public Service by Howard Lee, 2008 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 393-394

Correspondence and clippings about Lee's memoir.

Folder 395

"Coach" by Howard Lee, undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 395

Folder 396

"The Real North Carolina: My Home" [by Howard Lee?], undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 396

Folder 397

"Teacher Expectations for the Culturally Deprived Child" by Howard Lee, undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 397

Folder 398-399

Certificates and citations, 1969-1997 and undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 398-399

Includes the speech given when Lee was given the William Richardson Davie Award.

Folder 400

"Lee Photo Wish List," undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 400

Possibly a list of images requested for Lee's memoir.

Folder 401

Clippings, 1953 and 1962 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." Folder 401

Audiocassette C-05609/60

"Howard Lee thoughts," undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." C-05609/60

Audiocassette C-05609/61

"Karin, Howard N, Lillian, Big Daddy, Mother, Aunt Rita," undated #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." C-05609/61

Image Folder PF-5609/18

Howard Lee in high school, 1949-1953 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/18

6 images

Image Folder PF-5609/19

Howard Lee college graduation, 1959 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/19

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/20

Howard Lee in the United States Army, 1959-1961 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/20

7 images

Image Folder PF-5609/21

Howard Lee, 1960s #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/21

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/22

Portraits of Howard Lee throughout his lifetime #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/22

8 images

Image Folder PF-5609/23

Howard Lee and Lillian Lee #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/23

5 images

Image Folder PF-5609/24

Lillian Lee and others #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/24

3 images

Image Folder PF-5609/25

Lillian Lee and others #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/25

5 images

Image Folder PF-5609/26

Howard Lee's parents and others #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/26

6 images

Image Folder PF-5609/27

Howard Lee's parents and others #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/27

8 images

Image Folder PF-5609/28

Howard Lee and father during tabulation #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/28

3 images

Image Folder PF-5609/29

Howard Lee and grandfather #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/29

2 images

Image Folder PF-5609/30

Howard Lee's family, group photographs #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/30

3 images

Image Folder PF-5609/31

Debbie and Toots, 1960 #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/31

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/32

Unidentified baby #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/32

1 image

Image Folder PF-5609/33

Unidentified trip, 1980s [?] #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." PF-5609/33

5 images

Oversize Box OB-5609/1

Framed items #05609, Series: "3. Social Work, Family, Writing, and Awards, 1949-2008." OB-5609/1

2 items

Includes a recognition from the Triangle Transit Authority, October 1991, and a framed photo of Howard Lee speaking on television.

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Processed by: Laura Hart and Amy Morgan, August 2017

Updated by: Dawne Howard Lucas, May 2021

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