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Oral history interview with Venton Bell, January 30, 1991

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Creator:Bell, Venton
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Venton Bell, January 30, 1991
Date:1991 Jan. 30

At the time of this interview, Venton Bell was the principal of Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, a relatively small school with a mostly African American student body. In this interview, he describes his duties as principal as the interviewer reads him a list of questions. This list is constraining, but it includes questions about race and desegregation; Bell's responses to these questions offer a black administrator's perspective on these issues. He emphasizes the challenges that desegregation poses to Charlotte schools, such as the low socioeconomic status of many of his students, drawn from poor areas all over Charlotte; the closing of black schools and demotions of black educators; and parents' loss of faith in the system's fairness. Those researchers interested in the logistical details of running a school will find plenty of useful information.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Bell, Venton | African American school principals--North Carolina--Charlotte | School principals--North Carolina | High schools--North Carolina--Charlotte--Administration | Education, Secondary--North Carolina--Charlotte | African Americans--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Charlotte | Race relations in school management--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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