an oral history interview

Our high school students interviewed a woman today who was one of only

two African Americans at an all-White junior high school in 1956, and

then the only one when her friend quit. She later chose to attend an all-Black

high school because she couldn’t stand the incessant (unprintable) racial

slurs and social ostracism. She related well with our kids (more than

half of whom were born in Africa), and gave them good arguments for voting

and otherwise participating. We also talked with the class about how to

present their historical research on their Website at

and came up with ideas that excited both them and us.