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Cynthia Edwards-Paschall is a Chapel Hill native whose family has lived in town for five generations. She attended Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and graduated from UNC in 1985 with a BA in journalism. She has worked in the field of marketing and marketing communications for her entire career – and has published articles for the U.S. Marine Corps, Burger King and UniWorld Group as a freelance writer. She is also the creator of the LottieDottie ‘n Ev’rybody image marketed on greeting cards, T-shirts and framed prints. Cynthia, her son, CJ, her mother, Lillie Edwards, and her brother, Reggie, live in the Northside community of Chapel Hill. Her 96-year-old uncle, Russell Edwards, lives in Carrboro.

Black History, Our History

I made a late-night run to Walmart to buy, you know, the kind of stuff you get late night at Walmart. While in line,...