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Reginald A. Hawkins papers

Identifier: MS0125

Scope and Contents

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


  • 1954 - 1995
  • 1954 - 1987


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

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┬Čtan 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 died in Charlotte on September 10, 2007. [For more information, see series 1, Memorabilia, and series 2 and 3.]


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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.


The collection is arranged into the following three series:

I. Subject Files II. Photographs III. Audiovisual

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Related Materials

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).

Processing Information

Processed by Randy Penninger, 1986; updated, 1995.
Reginald A. Hawkins papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated