Oral history interview with Maggie W. Ray, November 9, 2000

Oral history interview with Maggie W. Ray, November 9, 2000

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Creator:Ray, Maggie W. (Margaret Whitton)
Creator:Grundy, Pamela
Title:Oral history interview with Maggie W. Ray, November 9, 2000
Date:2000 Nov. 9
Description:

Maggie Ray graduated from high school in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1960, as desegregation in schools was beginning. After years in the northeast and traveling abroad, she returned to Charlotte, eventually sending her children to integrated schools and taking a teaching position at West Charlotte. In this interview, she describes the legacies of integration at West Charlotte, which, while not fully realized, manifest themselves in easy friendships between black and white students and comfort in integrated settings. She sees backsliding, too, however, and worries that as Charlotte's African American community struggles, desegregation is not enough to help it. Her solution is the next step in her journey from indifferent southerner to civil rights activist to parent and teacher: she believes that maintaining what she describes as equity, or full equality, is more important than maintaining desegregation. This interview offers a useful look at a relatively successful effort at integration and one observer's responses to its benefits and costs.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories
Subjects:Ray, Maggie W. (Margaret Whitton) | Women teachers--North Carolina--Charlotte | Women civil rights workers--North Carolina--Charlotte | School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations | Education, Secondary--North Carolina--Charlotte | Charlotte (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 Dec. 2, 2008).

Interview participants: Maggie W. Ray, interviewee; Pamela Grundy, interviewer.

Duration: 01:09:25.

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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