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[Source Description: 18 December 1963: Entry from the diary of Karen Parker, From the Karen L. Parker Diary (#5275-z), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill]


Document Description

Karen Parker was encouraged by her friend Roy Thompson to maintain a journal during her time as a student at Carolina. Entries range from November 1963 through August 1964, and document the often lonesome feeling of being a black student on a white campus, as well as some of the more normal preoccupations of student life, such as attending parties and forming friendships. In this entry, Parker described how her participation in a demonstration resulted in her arrest. She wrote, "On Saturday, the 14th, I decided to go to jail. It was no fun at all."

Click here to read a short biography of Karen Parker.