Esther Terry grew up the youngest of 12 children on a farm in Wise, North Carolina, and became the first in her family to attend a 4-year college. In the fall of 1957 she began classes at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she became part of the group of men and women participating in the sit-in demonstrations at Woolworth's lunch counter in 1960. Ms. Terry recalls those days in Woolworth's, and describes some of the people who most influenced her during this time, including her parents, her closest friends, and Dr. Willa Player, the first female and the first black president of Bennett College. After graduating from Bennett, Ms. Terry earned a master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
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- Date Interviewed: Tuesday, 11 May 2010
- Interviewer: Dr. Dena Scher
Marygrove Archives ARC-SP 0100 File #21
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