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Oral history interview with Richard Hicks, February 1, 1991

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Creator:Hicks, Richard
Creator:Wells, Goldie F. (Goldie Frinks)
Creator:Southern Oral History Program
Title:Oral history interview with Richard Hicks, February 1, 1991
Date:1991 Feb. 1

Richard Hicks, the principal of Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina, at the time of the interview, describes his management style, his approach to hiring and firing, his attention to discipline, and other details of his position. In 1990, Hillside High School had a 100% black student body, and 70% of its teachers were black. Hicks does not believe that the school's racial composition has contributed to its success, though, and despite the uniqueness of his position, he does not speak a great deal about race or the legacy of desegregation. Researchers interested in these subjects will find some brief excerpts in which Hicks denies the influence of desegregation on his own career (although he concedes that black candidates for principal positions need to have unique qualities to be considered) and comments on the relationship between black students and black teachers. Topics not covered in this interview are resegregation and the effects of white flight.

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Types:Transcripts | Sound recordings | Oral histories (document genres) | Text | Sound
Subjects:Hicks, Richard | African American school principals--North Carolina--Durham | High schools--North Carolina--Durham--Administration | African American schools--North Carolina--Durham | Education, Secondary--North Carolina--Durham | African Americans--Education (Secondary)--North Carolina--Durham | United States, North Carolina, Durham County, Durham, 35.9940329, -78.898619
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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