U-1101 Interview with William R. Kennedy

William Kennedy was born in Salisbury, N.C. and grew up in the adjacent, small community of East Spencer. He graduated from Livingstone College in Salisbury in 1962 with a degree in business education, and while he had planned on working in the business world, he began teaching business-related courses in middle school and high school and also coaching athletics, and he went on to teach for a number of years. Mr. Kennedy went back to school and earned a master's degree at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in guidance counseling, and then became a guidance counselor in addition to teaching. He earned his real estate certification 1985 and began working in real estate as well. Mr. Kennedy also described how he became involved in community credit unions, first as a member of the Rowan County Teacher's Credit Union and then as manager of that credit union, which eventually helped to create the First Legacy Community Credit Union. He also talked about challenges such as regulatory issues that the credit unions faced, and mentioned that he has served on the City Council in Salisbury for about twenty years. This interview was one of several interviews conducted by the SOHP for a project on the history of minority credit unions in North Carolina.

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