CARRBORO, N.C. -- In a resolution presented on Oct. 24, 2023, the Carrboro Town Council has designated Dec. 13, 2023, and every Dec. 13 thereafter, as Braxton Dunkin Foushee Day of Service in Carrboro.
Even as a young man, Braxton Foushee worked to advocate for Black residents. Around the age of 15, he worked alongside Ms. Rebecca Clark, helping escort and protect older Black citizens to register to vote, breaking a national pattern of voter disenfranchisement. In 1961, he began to work with the local labor movement, advocating for equal pay and fair treatment for Black residents.
Mr. Foushee became the first Black member of the Carrboro Town Council in 1969, serving until 1981.
He has championed many issues that have directly impacted the Black community in Carrboro, including ensuring equitable access to paved roads, sidewalks and bicycle infrastructure. He worked tirelessly to fight injustices against Black residents by law enforcement, resulting in state agencies investigating and diversifying the Carrboro Police Department in the 1970s.
Braxton Foushee has dedicated over 54 years of his life to continuous service as an elected official, a member of a town advisory board and a community leader.
The Council honors and thanks Braxton Dunkin Foushee for his tremendous service to the Town of Carrboro.
Every year on Dec. 13, the Town encourages the residents of Carrboro to learn and reflect on Carrboro’s Black history and perform an act of service to their neighbors or the community.
Read the full proclamation here: https://www.carrboronc.gov/2630/Proclamations-and-Resolutions