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Charles Tracey interview, 2021-12-05

Identifier: rwhc_ohp_2021_007.wav

Content Description

From the Collection:

Oral history interviews recorded by students in the Real World History class at Center for Inspired Teaching.


  • Creation: 2021-12-05


Language of Materials


Biographical / Historical

Mr. Charles David Tracey, Jr. was born on October 10th, 1957, in Wilmington, North Carolina. His mother, Betty Lucinda Tracy, was from Winston Salem, North Carolina, and his father, Charles Tracey Sr., who was originally from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, was stationed for active-duty military in North Carolina. Mr. Tracey lived in Wilmington until the 3rd grade, at which point his family moved to Washington, D.C., where his mother’s siblings and father already resided. In Washington, Mr. Tracey’s father worked in law enforcement and security, and his mother was a registered nurse at St. Elizabeths and Children’s Hospital for thirty years. Mr. Tracey attended Bancroft Elementary, Alice Deal Junior High School, and Woodrow Wilson High School (now Jackson-Reed High School). He also took extra classes at Roosevelt High School. He went on to graduate from the University of District of Columbia and began working as a Respiratory Technician. He now primarily works as a technician and has been in the medical field for 42 years. Prior to his medical career, he also worked at the U.S. Treasury Department for 2 years. Mr. Tracey serves as a deacon at First Church of Christ Holiness in Washington, D.C.. As chairman of the deacon board, he has 21 deacons under his leadership. He has participated in the choir and countless church events, and he is a vital part in keeping the church running every Sunday.


From the Collection: 27.1 Gigabytes (DIG_0029)

From the Collection: 228 Files (DIG_0029)


In this interview, Mr. Charles Tracey, a long-time D.C. resident, discusses his life and experiences moving from Wilmington, North Carolina, to Washington, D.C.. Mr. Tracey discusses his family history and early life in Wilmington, including experiences with racism and segregation during his upbringing. He also talks about his family’s decision to move to Washington, how they secured housing in the city, and their transition to life in D.C.. He concludes the interview with a discussion of generational differences and his concerns for younger generations.

Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

901 G Street NW
4th Floor East
Washington DC 20001