Collection Number: 70119

Collection Title: Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991

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Size 14 items.
Abstract Contains audio and video recordings of interviews with plaintiffs and attorneys who were involved in the 1971 Griggs v. Duke Power Supreme Court case, a landmark employment discrimination case. These oral histories were conducted by Latino American attorney and historian Raymond Caballero in 1991, at the time of the 20th anniversary of the ruling. The case was brought against Duke Power Company by thirteen Black men who were employed as janitors at Duke Power's Dan River hydroelectric power plant in Draper, N.C., to challenge discriminatory hiring and promotion practices. Caballero interviewed several of the plaintiffs, Julius Chambers (lead attorney, working on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), Kelly Alexander, Jr. (the son of the state president of the NAACP at the time of the case), and attorneys who represented Duke Power.
Creator Caballero, Raymond, 1942-
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.
Language English
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case #70119, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Raymond Caballero in March 2022 (Acc. 20220316.3).
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Raymond Caballero (b. 1942) is a Latino American attorney and historian. From 2001 to 2003, he served as mayor of El Paso, Tex. He has published two books: McCarthyism vs. Clinton Jencks and Orozco: Life and Death of a Mexican Revolutionary.

The 1971 Griggs v. Duke Power Supreme Court case is a landmark employment discrimination case brought against Duke Power Company by thirteen Black men who were employed as janitors at Duke Power's Dan River hydroelectric power plant in Draper, N.C., to challenge discriminatory hiring and promotion practices. According to Caballero, the Griggs case "was to employment law what Brown v. Board was to school desegregation."

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Contains audio and video recordings of interviews with plaintiffs and attorneys who were involved in the 1971 Griggs v. Duke Power Supreme Court case. Raymond Caballero interviewed several of the plaintiffs, Julius Chambers (lead attorney, working on behalf of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund), Kelly Alexander, Jr. (the son of the state president of the NAACP at the time of the case), and attorneys who represented Duke Power. Whereas there are other interviews with the civil rights leaders (Chambers and Alexander), these may be the only extant recordings of the plaintiffs telling their stories in their own words.

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14 items.
Audiocassette C-70119/1

Case interviews: Jane O'Grady, AFL-CIO Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., 14 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/1

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70119/2

Case interviews: Gonzalez, National Council of La Raza, 15 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/2

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70119/3

Case interviews: Lisalyn K Jacobs, Women's Legal Defense Fund, Washington, D.C., 15 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/3

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70119/4

Case interviews: U.S. Representative Patsy Mink (D-Hawaii), 16 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/4

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70119/5

Case interviews: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 17 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/5

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-70119/1

Case interviews: Kelly M. Alexander, Jr., Charlotte, N.C., 17 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." VT-70119/1

VHS

Audiocassette C-70119/6

Case interviews: George W. Ferguson, Duke Power, Retired, 17 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/6

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-70119/2

Case interviews: George W. Ferguson, Duke Power, Retired, 17 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." VT-70119/2

VHS

Audiocassette C-70119/7

Case interviews: Willie R. Boyd, Reidsville, N.C., 18 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/7

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-70119/3

Case interviews: Willie R. Boyd, Reidsville, N.C., 18 May 1991, tape 1 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." VT-70119/3

VHS

Videotape VT-70119/4

Case interviews: Willie R. Boyd, Reidsville, N.C., 18 May 1991, tape 2 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." VT-70119/4

VHS

Audiocassette C-70119/8

Case interviews: J.A. Griggs and Edgar Russell of Ruffin, Caswell County, N.C., 18 May 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/8

Audiocassette

Audiocassette C-70119/9

Case interviews: HR-1 Debate, 4 June 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." C-70119/9

Audiocassette

Videotape VT-70119/5

Case interviews: LeVonne Chambers, NAACP Legal Defense Fund offices, 99 Hudson Street, New York City, 10 June 1991 #70119, Series: "Raymond Caballero Interviews on the Griggs v. Duke Power Case, 1991." VT-70119/5

VHS

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, March 2022

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, August 2022

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