Saunders Hall

Mars Earle on creating social spaces within and outside the movement

Excerpt Description: Mars Earle describes the creation of “women’s nights,” social events which brought together student participants in social justice movements.

Interviewee Name: Mars Earle

Interviewer: Charlotte Fryar

Excerpt Transcript: “And I don’t honestly really know then how I got involved with Real Silent Sam. I think it was like I became like good friends with a lot of these folks. Because I quickly learned that my organizing style and strength was so much more of the care-taking. So I was, you know, like increasingly like I’m going to show up and do the organizing, like do the grunt work and be part of the actions. But I met a lot of these folks more so through just holding space. We started having like, called them like women’s nights. It was just like a once a month like come through, we’ll eat, we’ll hang out. And it started just as like me being like, I’m lonely and I want to meet some folks. And very quickly turned to like a group of like one hundred folks that will come through and just pack someone’s house. And we met a lot of the people that were sharing organizing space with, who we were in conversation in class with. People just all kind of congregated together in other folks houses and we really built those relationships behind the scenes as well.”

Organization: Real Silent Sam Coalition

Excerpt Length: 1:23

Interview Date: 3/3/2018

Interview Location: Durham, North Carolina

Campus Space: Saunders Hall

Citation:  Interview with Mars Earle by Charlotte Fryar, 3 March 2018, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007), Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.