Alice Battle

Alice Battle always knew she wanted to be a teacher. “I didn’t take education just in case. ‘Cause I always wanted to be a teacher. My sister was a teacher, Aunt Frances was a teacher, Aunt Pearl was a teacher. I had all those role models and I wanted to be a teacher too.” Inspired by the women who came …

Bonita Joyce

Bonita Joyce started organizing around community education when she came to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a freshman. She became involved with a group of students interested in creating a community-based program about Black history and culture. In 1992 the group formed the Communiversity Youth Program, a Saturday school aimed to educate, empower and expose youth to …

Coretta Sharpless

Mrs. Coretta Sharpless was named the principal of Northside Elementary School in August of 2015 after serving as the assistant principal. Mrs. Sharpless is an experienced educational leader who truly celebrates both the past and the future of Northside – she grew up in the same neighborhood and now has a chance to return in a state of the art …

Pearl Cole

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Carolyn Daniels

Graduating in the first desegregated class at Chapel Hill High School was just the beginning of Carolyn Daniels’ lifetime of devotion to racial equity in education. After spending the beginning of her high school career at the all-Black Lincoln High School, Ms. Daniels and her classmates were transferred to Chapel Hill High School in the fall of 1966, her senior …

Rashii Purefoy

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Virginia Davis

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …

Vivian Foushee

When Annie B. Hargett began working at North Carolina Memorial Hospital in 1961, the facility was almost completely segregated. She recalls floors of the hospital segregated by race and Black nurses being required to go to the basement to eat. Ms. Hargett was one of the few Black nurses with a Bachelor’s Degree in nursing at the time. She graduated …