Jackson, Fran

Biography:

Fran Jackson attended Northside Elementary until her parents petitioned for her transfer to the integrated Guy B. Phillips Junior High School. Her parents' dedication to integration included paying for cab rides to and from the integrated school. Jackson enjoyed the assortment of extracurricular activities and caring teachers at Northside Elementary but felt isolated from the other white students and predominantly white faculty. After graduating from high school in the late 1960s, she made a conscious choice to attend a historically black school, Johnson C. Smith University. There she adopted Afrocentric ideas, which she shared with her younger sisters, who helped lead the student call for more black teachers, the inclusion of black school traditions, and the creation of a black student curriculum at Chapel Hill High School.--From Oral Histories of the American South biography.

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