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Oral history interview with Ned Irons, March 16, 1999

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Creator:Irons, Ned
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Ned Irons, March 16, 1999
Date:1999 Mar. 16

Ned Irons, a high achieving white student at West Charlotte High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, discusses his experiences as a member of a racial minority at this historically black school. Irons was lured to West Charlotte by its sports programs and glowing reputation, and once there found an intellectually stimulating and socially challenging environment. Irons sees West Charlotte as a school that finds its identity in African American culture, and in learning about that culture, he jettisoned many of his prejudices. In addition to sharing his personal experiences, Irons discusses race in Charlotte, including his belief that socioeconomics can help explain segregation and his conclusions that neighborhood schools will doom Charlotte to resegregation.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Irons, Ned | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | Students--North Carolina--Charlotte | Students--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Charlotte--Attitudes | Multicultural education--North Carolina--Charlotte | West Charlotte 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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