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Oral history interview with Brenda Tapia, February 2, 2001

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Creator:Tapia, Brenda
Creator:Johnson, Jonetta
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Brenda Tapia, February 2, 2001
Date:2001 Feb. 2

Brenda Tapia was one of the first African Americans to attend North Mecklenburg High School in Huntersville, North Carolina. In this interview, she describes her experiences there and reflects on the effects of desegregation. Tapia's experience with desegregation was overwhelmingly negative. Moved from her black school after a successful sophomore year, she entered North Mecklenburg as an unknown, excluded from participating in clubs and marginalized in the classroom. By graduation night of her senior year, Tapia was furious. Her experience and observations led her to view desegregation as "one of the worst things that could have been done to [African Americans]." She maintains that though it changed the law, it did not change white Americans' attitudes, and she argues that its legacy is a black community sapped by discrimination.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Tapia, Brenda | African American women--North Carolina--Huntersville | African American high school students--North Carolina--Huntersville | School integration--North Carolina--Huntersville | African Americans--Civil rights--North Carolina--Huntersville | Huntersville (N.C.)--Race relations | United States, North Carolina, Huntersville | United States, North Carolina, Mecklenburg County, 35.2466993, -80.8327591
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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