Wilson, Alice Monyette, 1941-


Alice Wilson teaches music in the New Jersey public schools. Her own school experience, though, began in the segregated schools of her native Graves County. That changed in 1965, when she began attending Mayfield High School after the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Supreme Court decision outlawed segregated schools. Wilson was one of 10 black students who were ready to begin the 9th grade and decided on their own to register at Mayfield. While they were allowed to attend, they often felt ignored by their teachers and were taunted by white students, some of whom staged protests outside the school. But the experience taught Wilson that, for black students, the benefit of having an integrated public school education would be equal access to resources. After graduation, Wilson enrolled in Hampton Institute in Virginia, where she also participated in community marches and sit-ins.

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