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Oral history interview with Bennie Higgins, December 28, 1990

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Creator:Higgins, Bennie
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Bennie Higgins, December 28, 1990
Date:1990 Dec. 28

Bennie Higgins, an African American education professional in Greensboro, North Carolina, ascended from a teaching job in 1965 to a citywide administrative position in 1990. Much of this interview focuses on his tenure as principal of Smith High School. The interviewer questions Higgins about the daily administration of a principal's job, including hiring and cafeteria management. Researchers interested in these kinds of management details should look to the text in its entirety. Those interested in the role of race in Greensboro's public schools will find a few passages of particular interest, including excerpts about desegregation's impact on Higgins's career and the status of principals in the African American community in Greensboro. Toward the end, Higgins reflects on the role of black educators in desegregated schools, and the complex relationships between black and white students, teachers, and administrators. He sees much room for improvement in how teachers and administrators deal with race in the classroom, but also great opportunity for positive change.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Higgins, Bennie | School integration--North Carolina | African American school principals--North Carolina--Greensboro | High schools--North Carolina--Greensboro--Administration | School integration--Political aspects | African Americans--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Greensboro | Race relations in school management--North Carolina--Greensboro | United States, North Carolina, Guilford County, Greensboro, 36.0726355, -79.7919754
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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