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

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

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 (document genres) | Text | Sound
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 | 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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