Henry Frye: North Carolina's First African American Chief Justice

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McFarland, Apr 25, 2013 - Social Science - 288 pages
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Henry E. Frye came of age just as the South was beginning a transformational change. When he graduated from college in 1953, African Americans like him could only hope that the future would be different from the past. At the close of his public career in 2001, he was chief justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court--the head of the state's third branch of government. Throughout their lives, Frye and his wife, Shirley, were in the vanguard of the advances that shaped the lives of African Americans. His election to the state legislature in 1968 was the beginning of steady, determined efforts to expand opportunities for African Americans in politics, business and society at large. This book traces, along with his career, the growing participation of African Americans in the civic, political and social life of North Carolina.
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Introduction
3
1 Henrell
7
2 Aggie Pride
20
3 It was going to be slow
38
4 Law School
52
5 Henry Frye Esquire
67
6 If not now when?
86
9 Greensboro National Bank
143
10 Working on the Inside
169
11 The Court
193
12 In Chambers
211
13 Chief Justice
230
14 Making a Difference
251
Chapter Notes
261
Bibliography
269

7 The Election
102
8 Representative Henry Frye
120

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Howard E. Covington, Jr., is a former journalist and the author of more than two dozen books. The 2004 winner of the Ragan Award for the best non-fiction by a North Carolina writer, he lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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