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Oral history interview with William Culp, February 19, 1999

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Creator:Culp, William B. A., 1943?-
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with William Culp, February 19, 1999
Date:1999 Feb. 19

William Culp Jr. describes his experiences as a white teacher in post-desegregation Charlotte, North Carolina. Culp spent only one semester at West Charlotte High School, but the school left an impression on him. Culp describes a relatively harmonious school where students and teachers were committed to maintaining an aura of respect and cooperation between black and white students, teachers, and administrators. Their efforts appear to have been successful. His experience at West Charlotte, in combination with his upbringing and a stint in the army, left Culp a strong believer in racial diversity and an advocate for interracial cooperation. While optimistic, Culp thinks that progress toward a "color-blind" society is slow.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Culp, William B. A., 1943?- | Teachers--North Carolina--History--20th century | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | Schools--North Carolina--Charlotte | Teachers--North Carolina--20th century | West Charlotte High School (Charlotte, N.C.) | Public schools--North Carolina--Charlotte | Race relations in school management--North Carolina--Charlotte | 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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