Charmaine Fuller Cooper Last Day With The N.C. Justice For Sterilization Victims Foundation Will Be Thursday August 16

imageResponse: Thank you my friend Charmaine for all that you have done the hard work fighting for justice for victims who where sterilized. I want to also thank you again for your hard work in fighting for the NC Racial Justice Act. I remember when you came to Tarboro and we had a meeting several years ago educating folks about folks being sent to jail for wrongful convictions. I know you will do well in your new transition.

My last day with the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation will be Thursday, August 16th.  It has been an enlightening experience working on the behalf of people impacted by NC’s former Eugenics Board program.  I have grown greatly as a person during my time at the Foundation and met many wonderful people who have suffered greatly but have still managed to display enormous strength, dignity and virtue.  While many including myself hoped and worked for compensation for victims to finally be passed this year, a vote on compensation was not carried forth and passed by both legislative chambers.  There are many who are still working for NC’s eugenics victims and the Foundation will continue to operate.  My advocacy for victims will also continue as a private citizen.

Professionally, I will transition into the role of Director for Community & Multicultural Health Initiatives with the American Heart Association.  I look forward to this new opportunity but will greatly miss the daily interaction with the victims and family members who I worked to earn their trust and respect via the Foundation.

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Tar Heel of the week: Undeterred, she still tries to find justice for victims – News & Observer


Charmaine Fuller Cooper in this picture at the NC State Democratic Party State Meeting in January 2012.

RALEIGH — Charmaine Fuller Cooper has spent the last two years immersed in the stories of people who were robbed of their ability to bear children by the state of North Carolina.

Some call her office after having long wondered about an unexplained scar, while others, perhaps sterilized in the delivery room after giving birth, pieced together their past after seeing news reports about the state’s eugenics program. (More)

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Who Is Charmaine Fuller Cooper? – IndyWeek.Com

When Charmaine Fuller Cooper opens the files on her desk, the words she finds inside sear like a slap across the face. Promiscuous. Unattractive. Imbecile. She imagines how the people whose names are printed on these medical records would feel if they read what others thought of them.

For decades, doctors, teachers and social workers in North Carolina used the derogatory descriptors as justifications to strip the victims of their ability to have children, with the ultimate goal of ridding the human race of the undesirable. By the time the state’s eugenics program ended in 1974, an estimated 7,600 women and men had been forcibly sterilized. (More)

Response: I met Charmaine Fuller Cooper via my newsletter years ago. We communicated through emails and then we eventually met. I helped to co-sponsor a meeting here in Edgecombe several years ago when she worked with the Racial Justice Act. She is very professional and I am very proud of her. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

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