Lessons from My African American Neighbors

Claudia Stack
Jan 27, 2020 · 3 min read

Since 2003, I have done hundreds of interviews in southeastern North Carolina in order to learn about the experiences of my neighbors.

Claudia interviewing Carrie Mae Sharpless Newkirk for the documentary “Carrie Mae: An American Life” (Stack Stories LLC 2015)

What drives me? I want to be a better neighbor, a better teacher, a better mother. There is a lot I don’t know. The more I learn from my neighbors, the more I realize that I can’t ever fully understand their experiences. But that realization is also…