Oral history interview with Brenda Tapia, February 2, 2001

Oral history interview with Brenda Tapia, February 2, 2001

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

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
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 | Huntersville (N.C.) | Mecklenburg County (N.C.)
Collection:
Institution:Documenting the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Contributors:Southern Oral History Program | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project) | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library | Oral histories of the American South (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Documenting the American South (Project))
Online Publisher:[Chapel Hill, N.C.] : University Library, UNC-Chapel Hill. | 2007
Original Material:

Title from menu page (viewed on November 10, 2008).

Interview participants: Brenda Tapia, interviewee; Jonetta Johnson, interviewer.

Duration: 00:43:14.

This electronic edition is part of the UNC-Chapel Hill digital library, Documenting the American South. It is a part of the collection Oral histories of the American South.

Text encoded by Jennifer Joyner. Sound recordings digitized by Aaron Smithers.

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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