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Oral history interview with Jeff Black, March 29, 1999

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Creator:Black, Jeff, 1981?-
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Jeff Black, March 29, 1999
Date:1999 Mar. 29

African American senior Jeff Black reflects on his experiences at West Charlotte High School. Black felt West Charlotte's ties to his community well before he set foot on the school's campus, and like many of his peers, he eagerly anticipated beginning school there. He was not disappointed: at West Charlotte, Black found an intellectually stimulating, socially energizing, and racially diverse environment that allowed him to commit himself both to reaching his individual goals and strengthening his community. But Black admits that West Charlotte is not immune to the legacies of segregation: students tend to self-segregate in the cafeteria, there are few minorities in advanced classes, and the administration limited marching band routines because, surmises Black, they reflect an aspect of black culture the school does not want to associate itself with. He nonetheless believes that West Charlotte's "contagious" sense of belonging outweighs racism. Black's experiences at West Charlotte have been so positive that he tells the interviewer that "the race relations issue tends to be stressed a little bit too much." He believes that individuals have to choose to mingle with people from different backgrounds.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Irons, Ned | Black, Jeff, 1981?- | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | Schools--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte | African American students--North Carolina--Charlotte | African American students--North Carolina--Charlotte--Attitudes | 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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