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Reginald A. Hawkins Papers

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Reginald A. Hawkins papers

Summary Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte
Hawkins, Reginald Armistice, 1923-
Reginald A. Hawkins papers
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1954-1987
Date [inclusive]
2.0 Linear feet
Papers of a Charlotte dentist, minister, and civil rights activist, who was the first African-American to run for governor of North Carolina. Consists chiefly of clippings and correspondence documenting his involvement in the desegregation of schools, public accommodations, hospitals, the North Carolina Dental Society, and the Shrine Bowl. Also includes information on voter registration projects, gubernatorial campaign files (1968 and 1972), material concerning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a dissertation about Hawkins by Dr. Gregory Davis.

Preferred Citation note

Reginald A. Hawkins Papers. J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Biographical/Historical note

Reginald Armistice Hawkins was born in Beaufort, N.C., on November 11, 1923 to Lorena Smith and Charles C. Hawkins. He was graduated from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) in 1948. After receiving a doctorate of dental surgery from Howard University in 1948, Hawkins practiced dentistry in Charlotte. During the Korean War, he served as a captain in the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He earned also bachelor (1956) and masters (1973) of divinity degrees from JCSU. Ordained a minister in the United Presbyterian Church, USA, he held the pastorate at Charlotte's H. O. Graham Metropoli¬tan Church from 1978 to 1985. JCSU conferred an honorary degree upon him in 1962 and inducted him into the school's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995. The first black candidate for governor in North Carolina, Hawkins unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination in 1968 and in 1972. The long-time civil rights activist retired in 1987 and resides in Charlotte. [For more information, see series 1, Memorabilia, and series 2 and 3.]

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Scope and Contents note

This collection documents the professional, political, and civil rights activities of Hawkins. Much of the collection is newspaper clippings.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections, UNC Charlotte 1986

9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC, 28223

Revision Description

 Updated  1995

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gifts of Reginald A. Hawkins, 1986, 1995. Gift of Greg Davis, 1986. Gift of Marianne Bumgarner, 1993.

Processing Information note

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1986; updated, 1995.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Fred D. Alexander Papers (Mss 91). Kelly M. Alexander Papers (Mss 55). Stanford R. Brookshire Papers (Mss 41). Julius Chambers Papers (Mss 85). Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee Records (Mss 101). Harry Golden Papers (Mss 20). Benjamin S. Horack Papers (Mss 42). Margaret W. Ray Papers (Mss 131).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations

Personal Name(s)

  • Hawkins, Reginald Armistice, 1923-


  • African American dentists--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Civil rights--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • Discrimination in education--North Carolina--Charlotte

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Collection Inventory

 Series 1 Subject Files 1954 1987, 1995 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of alphabetically arranged files based on Hawkins's various political, professional, and civil rights activities.

Box Folder

Bombing 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Correspondence and clippings relating to the bombing of the homes of Hawkins, Julius Chambers, Fred Alexander, and Kelly Alexander, Sr. on November 22, 1965.

1 1

Civil Rights--Correspondence 1955-1970 

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter (5-12-59) to Kelly Alexander, Sr. about Robert Williams of Monroe, N.C.; telegrams from Martin Luther King Jr., including invitation to participate in march from Selma, Ala. (1965); and Hawkins's opposition to the proposed Charlotte Mecklenburg consolidation (1970).

1 2

Civil Rights--White House Conference, "To Fulfill These Rights" 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Includes statements by President Lyndon B. Johnson, a report and recommendations to the conference, and a list of participants, which included Hawkins.

1 3

Dentistry--Correspondence 1954-1973   

Scope and Contents note

Subjects relate to the Old North State Dental Society, admittance of blacks to the UNC-CH School of Dentistry, selection of the North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners, membership qualifications for dental staff at Charlotte Memorial Hospital, membership for black dentists in North Carolina Dental Society, Hawkins's difficulty in obtaining malpractice insurance, dental services at Charlotte Memorial for poor and minorities, and North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners v. Hawkins, Nash, and Stinson.

1 4

Dentistry---Litigation--Carrie Graves, et al v. Sarah T. Morrow, et al 1978 

Scope and Contents note

Suit brought against the North Carolina Department of Human Services in response to proposed cutbacks in programs.

1 5

Dentistry---Litigation--North Carolina Justice Department v. Reginald Hawkins 1987 

Scope and Contents note

Medicaid fraud trial.

1 6

Dentistry---Litigation--North Carolina State Board of Dental Examiners v. Reginald Hawkins 1971-73, undated   

Scope and Contents note

Relates to malpractice charges brought against Hawkins and other Charlotte dentists concerning services rendered for poor and minority children.

1 7-8

Dentistry---Litigation--Reginald Hawkins v. North Carolina Dental Society 1959, 1966, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Complaints and legal documents relating to case in which Hawkins gained membership in and thus desegregated the society.

1 10

Dentistry--Old North State Society 1960-64, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Relates to society's opposition to selection of the state Board of Dental Examiners

1 9

Education 1957-71, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Items relate to Dr. and Mrs. Hawkins's attempt to reassign their children to desegregated schools (1957); Hawkins's tenure as a trustee of North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University); boycott of Harding High School (1961); and a request to name a school in honor of Hawkins.

1 11-12

Employment 1959-66, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes letter (5-24-61) from Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson concerning Hawkins's recommendation for an appointment to the President's Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity.

1 13

Housing 1962-77, undated 

1 14

Johnson C. Smith University 1967 68, 1986, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes material relating to Hawkins's opposition to the closing of JCSU's seminary.

1 15

Medical Facilities 1956-67, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Relates to attempt to desegregate Charlotte Memorial Hospital and facilitate closing of Good Samaritan Hospital. Includes "A Study of Negro Hospital Facilities and Services for Charlotte and Mecklenburg County" (1954), correspondence, and position statements. Material primarily generated by the Hawkins chaired Hospital Committee of the Charlotte Medical Society.

1 16-17

Memorabilia 1969-72, 1978, 1995, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes a biographical sketch (ca. 1995); invitations to inaugurals of presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson; Christmas cards from then Senator Kennedy and President Johnson; a program from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s address at Johnson C. Smith University (1966); and a program for installation services of Hawkins as pastor of H. O. Graham Metropolitan Church (1978).

1 18-19

Politics--Correspondence 1959-1972 

Scope and Contents note

Items relating to Hawkins's support of John F. Kennedy's presidential campaign, voter registration, and Hawkins's two gubernatorial races. Includes letters (1-21-59; 9-24, 10-10, 10-31-60; and 1-12-61) from Kennedy; telegram (3-8-65) from Martin Luther King Jr. citing the need "to respond to the vicious mal treatment of defenseless citizens of Alabama, because of their desire to vote"; an exchange of letters (2/1966) with Elisabeth G. Hair of the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections concerning purges from the voter rolls; and a telegram (4-2-68) from Dorothy F. Cotton of the SCLC informing Hawkins that King would have to postpone his trip to North Carolina due to his involvement in the Memphis garbage workers strike [King was assassinated two days later].

1 20-21

Politics--Democratic National Committee 1964-1972 

Scope and Contents note

Relates to 1968 convention in Chicago, including the challenge to the racial composition of the North Carolina delegation made before the Credentials Committee. (See also box 2:5)

2 1

Politics--Gubernatorial Campaign 1967 72, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Items relating to Hawkins's 1968 and 1972 North Carolina gubernatorial campaigns.

2 2-4

Politics--Litigation--State of North Carolina v. Reginald A. Hawkins 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

Documents Hawkins's trial for misrepresentation as a voter registrar.

2 7

Politics--North Carolina Committee for More Representative Political Participation 1968-69, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Created in response the racial composition of the North Carolina delegation to the 1968 Democratic National Convention, this Hawkins-chaired group also concerned itself with minority voter registration and the appointments of minorities to state government committees. (See also box 2:1)

2 5

Politics--North Carolina Democratic Party 1969-71, undated 

2 6

Politics--Voter Education Project 1962-1968 

Scope and Contents note

Relates primarily to this Southern Regional Council project. Documents voter registration drives conducted in Charlotte by the Mecklenburg Organization on Political Affairs and the Southwide Conference of Black Elected Officials held in Atlanta (1968). Includes reports and copies of V.E.P. News.

2 8-9

Poverty Issues 1964-68, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes Hawkins's testimony before the US Senate Subcommittee on Poverty (1965).

2 10

Public Accomodations 1955-66, 1983, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Includes complaint against Douglas Airport for alleged discrimination in its dining facilities.

2 11

Shrine Bowl 1965-66, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Relates to efforts by the Charlotte NAACP to desegregate an annual all star football game between North Carolina and South Carolina high school seniors. Documents the exclusion of Jimmie Kilpatrick, a black running back at Charlotte's Myers Park High School, from the North Carolina squad of the 1965 Shrine Bowl football game in Charlotte and the subsequent agreement to desegregate all succeeding Shrine Bowls.

2 12

YMCA 1963-66, undated 

Scope and Contents note

Relates to segregation of the organization's facilities and Hawkins's attempt to gain membership.

2 13

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 Series 2 Dissertation 1985 

Scope and Contents note

This series is comprised of a copy of Gregory Davis's dissertation, "A Multi-Disciplinary Critique of the Protest Accommodationalist Analysis of the Black Church and Black Leadership Styles with an Analysis of the Leadership Styles of Dr. Reginald Armistice Hawkins" (Unpublished dissertation, Union Graduate School of the Union for Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1985). [See also Series 3]


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 Series 4 Photographs 1965-1966 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains several black and white photographs of Hawkins.

Box Folder

Photographs--Prints 1965-66, undated 

Scope and Contents note

5 prints (P25/1-5), including Hawkins with Martin Luther King Jr. (P25/4) and President Lyndon B. Johnson (P25/2 3).

P12 5
Box Folder item

Reginald A. Hawkins undated 

P12 5 P125/1

Hawkins (right) meeting President Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House, Washington, D.C. 1965 

P12 5 P125/2

President Johnson speaking before participants in the White Conference on Civil Rights (Hawkins in audience), Washington, D.C. (1965) 1965 

P12 5 P125/3

Hawkins (right) with Martin Luther King Jr. at Hartley-Woods Gymnasium, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte 1966 

P12 5 P125/4

Fraternity picture, Hawkins on front row, 5th from left undated 

P12 5 P125/5

Martin Luther King 1964 December 10 

Scope and Contents note

MLK, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, from Gunnar Jahn (chairman of the Norwegian parliament’s Nobel committee) December 10, 1964.

P12 5 P125/6
Box Folder item

Photograph--Large (PL) 1966 

Scope and Contents note

Hawkins (right) with Martin Luther King Jr. at Hartley-Woods Gymnasium, Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte (1966)

PL6 3 PL125/1

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 Series 3 Recordings 1973, 1976, 1986, 1991 

Scope and Contents note

This series contains audio and video recordings, including interviews with Hawkins.

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