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Oral History Interview with William Culp, February 19, 1999. Interview K-0277. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    William Culp Jr. describes his experiences as a white teacher in post-desegregation Charlotte, North Carolina. Culp spent only one semester at West Charlotte High School, but the school left an impression on him. Culp describes a relatively harmonious school where students and teachers were committed to maintaining an aura of respect and cooperation between black and white students, teachers, and administrators. Their efforts appear to have been successful. His experience at West Charlotte, in combination with his upbringing and a stint in the army, left Culp a strong believer in racial diversity and an advocate for interracial cooperation. While optimistic, Culp thinks that progress toward a "color-blind" society is slow.
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  • Gap between whites and blacks
  • Teaching as a path to progress
  • White teacher transformed in majority-black environment
  • Lack of resources at desegregated school
  • Importance of racial diversity
  • Ensuring diversity at West Charlotte
  • Successful interracialism at West Charlotte
  • Mild problems at West Charlotte
  • Role of schools in fostering successful interracialism
  • Making progress away from racism
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  • Subjects
  • Teachers--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • West Charlotte High School (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • Schools--North Carolina--Charlotte
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