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Oral history interview with Arthur Griffin, May 7, 1999

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Creator:Griffin, Arthur, 1948?-
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Arthur Griffin, May 7, 1999
Date:1999 May 7

Arthur Griffin, an African American man who attended segregated schools in Charlotte, North Carolina, and later became involved in school politics there, reflects on the legacies of desegregation and the nature of racism in Charlotte and elsewhere. Griffin fondly remembers Second Ward High School (which closed in 1969) and its teachers, who struggled to provide their students with a stellar education despite vastly inadequate resources. While he mourns the loss of Second Ward during desegregation, he thinks the process improved Charlotte by teaching white and black people to work together. Still, desegregation was not a panacea; Griffin believes that race-related problems like low academic achievement among African Americans persist.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Griffin, Arthur, 1948?- | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | West Charlotte High School (N.C.) | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte--Attitudes | Second Ward High School (Charlotte, N.C.) | United States, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, 35.2270869, -80.8431268
Collection:Oral Histories of the American South: The Civil Rights Movement
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project)
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