Erica Cokley, Interview by Olivia Williams, 21 October 2020

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Title

Erica Cokley, Interview by Olivia Williams, 21 October 2020

Description

Erica Cokley was born in 1980 in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Brookland-Cayce High School in 1998 and later studied at Strayer University in Charleston, where she earned an associate degree in business management. In the interview, she discusses how her childhood, her experiences at school, and the challenges she faces as a single mother intersect with her determination to participate in the political arena. Cokley remembers joining Fight for $15 when she was a Taco Bell employee, reflecting on her involvement in community issues and her determination to improve children’s living conditions and opportunities to succeed. In 2019, she formed Voices United, a non-profit organization. In 2020, she organized the Million Womxn’s March in North Charleston and was elected as a Charleston School District board member. Cokley discusses how the tragic deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd brought new urgency to working to stop racial injustices. 

Source

Grassroots Politics and Protest in Contemporary Charleston

Publisher

The Citadel Archives & Museum

Date

Rights

Materials in The Citadel Archives & Museum Digital Collections are intended for educational and research use. The user assumes all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright. For more information contact The Citadel Archives & Museum, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, 29409.

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1989

Coverage

Charleston (S.C.)

Interviewer

Williams, Olivia

Interviewee

Cokley, Erica, 1980

Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Original Format

Mp3 derivative audio created with Audacity software. Archival masters are WAV files.

Duration

62 minutes

Collection

Citation

The Charleston Oral History Program at the Citadel, “Erica Cokley, Interview by Olivia Williams, 21 October 2020,” The Citadel Archives Digital Collections, accessed January 31, 2023, https://citadeldigitalarchives.omeka.net/items/show/1989.