The Foushee family has lived in Orange County for generations, during which members have stood at the forefront of the civil rights movement and served as leaders in the community.
While Rep. Valerie Foushee (D-N.C. 4th), Carrboro Town Council member Barbara Foushee and Chapel Hill Town Council member Paris Miller-Foushee might be the most recognizable Foushees, they aren't the only ones who have had a significant impact.
The three women share the name Foushee, but they are not related by blood. Each of them married into the Foushee family.
Braxton Foushee, Barbara Foushee's husband and a prominent community member in Carrboro, said the Foushee family has been in the Chapel Hill area for over 100 years.
Barbara said the opportunity to campaign for Carrboro Town Council fell into her lap unexpectedly when people from the community encouraged her to run.
At the time, she said she was already a long-standing member of service-oriented organizations such as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP.
“I don't consider myself a politician," she said. "I consider myself as a community engager, activist who happens to sit in an elected seat."
Braxton, who is in his 80s and a lifelong resident of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, currently serves as the chairperson of the planning board in the Town of Carrboro.
He said he was involved in the civil rights movement in the Northside neighborhood, beginning just two weeks after the Greensboro Four sit-in. He said he and other activists in the area were trained by members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.