Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) is one of the most diverse educational institutions in the Charlotte, North Carolina community and the Southeastern U.S. Be it students, faculty or staff; CPCC employs and educates people from all over the world and has been doing so for half a century.
As people continue to pour into the region, Charlotte and CPCC find themselves at a significant moment in history. This college is a cultural magnet; helping people from varied backgrounds come together and make a smooth transition to the North Carolina Piedmont. With this plethora of people come stories about where they came from, how and why they came here, their experiences adjusting to the region and what they hope to accomplish.
The goal of this project is to record those stories for posterity.
The long term plan is to create an oral history collection housed at the CPCC Archives chronicling the experiences and exploring the traditions of new and longtime residents; and exploring how people in theCharlotte area are dealing with and contributing to the growing cultural diversity of the Charlotte community.
This site collects the initial round of interviews conducted by Mark Coltrain. Excerpts of each interview are available via audio stream. Transcripts of each interview can also be downloaded.
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