Oral history interview with Burnis Hackney, February 5, 2001

Oral history interview with Burnis Hackney, February 5, 2001

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Creator:Hackney, Burnis
Creator:Gilgor, Bob
Title:Oral history interview with Burnis Hackney, February 5, 2001
Date:2001 Feb. 5
Description:

In 1966, Burnis Hackney was among the first African Americans to enroll in the new, integrated Chapel Hill High School (CHHS). In this interview, Hackney attempts to resolve his belief in the essential value of integration with his regret for the traditions jettisoned during the process. The process itself went relatively smoothly for Hackney, who did not experience direct racism from white students or teachers. The most difficult element of the transition was leaving the nurturing atmosphere at Lincoln High School for the academically demanding, individualistic ethos of CHHS. A sense of inevitability flows through this interview: Hackney remembers that he and other black students were resigned to the integration process, which seemed determined to move forward despite how African Americans felt about it.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Hackney, Burnis | School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations. | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill | African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--Attitudes | African American students--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Chapel Hill--20th century | Chapel Hill High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.) | Chapel Hill (N.C.) | Orange County (N.C.)
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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. | 2006
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Duration: 01:34:32

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Forms part of Oral histories of the American South collection.

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