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The HistoryMakers video oral history with The Honorable Melvin L. Watt.

Author: Melvin L Watt; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Politician Melvin Watt was born in rural North Carolina on August 26, 1945. One of three boys born to a single mother, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1963, earning a scholarship to Yale University Law School. In 1971, he joined the law firm of Chambers, Stein, Ferguson and Becton. Working as a civil rights attorney for twenty-two years, he accepted an appointment to the North  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Melvin L Watt; Melvin L Watt
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin L Watt; Larry Crowe; Scott Stearns; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150130
Credits: Videographer, Scott Stearns.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
Charlotte, North Carolina
2002 December 2.
Description: 1 online resource (6 video files (2 hr., 48 min., 46 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with The Honorable Melvin L. Watt
The Honorable Melvin L. Watt

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Politician Melvin Watt was born in rural North Carolina on August 26, 1945. One of three boys born to a single mother, he graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina in 1963, earning a scholarship to Yale University Law School. In 1971, he joined the law firm of Chambers, Stein, Ferguson and Becton. Working as a civil rights attorney for twenty-two years, he accepted an appointment to the North Carolina State Senate in 1985. With his eldest son, Brian, as campaign manager, Watt completed a successful bid for State Representative of North Carolina's newly formed 12th District in 1992, becoming the second African American elected to Congress from North Carolina. Serving on the Judicial, Financial Services and Joint Economic committees, he resigned the House on January 6, 2014 when confirmed as head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency. Watt’s two sons, Brian and Jason, are both graduates of their father's alma mater, Yale University.

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