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Oral history interview with Saundra Davis, May 12, 1998

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Creator:Davis, Saundra, 1942?-
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Saundra Davis, May 12, 1998
Date:1998 May 12

Saundra Davis, an African American woman who attended segregated schools, is a big believer in West Charlotte High School. In this wide-ranging interview, she shares her support for the school and her opinions on busing, diversity, and the somewhat limited success of integration. Using her children's experiences as examples, she speaks of her concerns that the promises of integration have not been realized, in part because white teachers are not committed to teaching black students and in part because the government is unwilling to devote resources to black communities. A believer in busing to create diversity, Davis nonetheless thinks that integration was doomed to failure because it was forced. Her story unfolds through anecdotes about her past life and her family's current life, and although she worries about the current state of schools, she is an unwavering supporter of West Charlotte High School.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Davis, Saundra, 1942?- | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Second Ward High School (Charlotte, N.C.) | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--North Carolina--Charlotte--Attitudes | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | 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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