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John Kenneth Lee was born on November 1, 1924 in Charlotte and grew up in Hamlet, N.C. Lee discusses general race relations in North Carolina and his experiences living during segregation. Lee attended North Carolina A&T and studied electrical engineering before serving in the U.S. Navy on an attack transport in the South Pacific. He later was one of the first African Americans students to attend UNC School of Law, graduating in 1952. Lee also recounts his experiences as Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and as a civil rights attorney practicing in Greensboro. Other topics include his professional relationship and friendship with Harvey Beech (also of the UNC School of Law 1952 class), his involvement in a number of small businesses in the Greensboro and surrounding areas, and his representation of Jesse Jackson.

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