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Since 2006, New Roots / Nuevas Raíces Latino Oral Histories have been documenting demographic transformations in the Nuevo South by collecting extraordinary stories of Latin American migration, settlement, and integration in North Carolina.

As an ongoing, permanent research initiative, New Roots / Nuevas Raíces has so far generated more than 175 audio-recorded interviews (a total of 200+ hours) and their full transcriptions, field notes, and tape logs. It is one of the fastest growing collections of its kind, producing 40-50 new interviews annually that are archived with the Southern Oral History Program’s collections and in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Latino Migration Project, an education and research program at UNC dedicated to improving public understanding about the impact and implications of the expanding Latin American presence in North Carolina and the Southeastern United States, manages New Roots/ Nuevas Raíces.


Emilio Vicente (right) photographed with LMP alum Antonio De Jesus Alanis is featured in the New Roots Snapshot.

The first New Roots Snapshot features Emilio Vicente, an undocumented student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Vicente is a national leader in the grassroots youth campaign for immigration reform. Vicente, a K’iche Mayan from Guatemala, emigrated with his mother and siblings to Siler City, North Carolina, in 1997, following his father who immigrated in 1992 seeking political asylum from the Guatemalan Civil War.

Read more here: New Roots Snapshot