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Oral History Interview with Burnis Hackney, February 5, 2001. Interview K-0547. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    In 1966, Burnis Hackney was among the first African Americans to enroll in the new, integrated Chapel Hill High School (CHHS). In this interview, Hackney attempts to resolve his belief in the essential value of integration with his regret for the traditions jettisoned during the process. The process itself went relatively smoothly for Hackney, who did not experience direct racism from white students or teachers. The most difficult element of the transition was leaving the nurturing atmosphere at Lincoln High School for the academically demanding, individualistic ethos of CHHS. A sense of inevitability flows through this interview: Hackney remembers that he and other black students were resigned to the integration process, which seemed determined to move forward despite how African Americans felt about it.
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  • Remembering C.A. McDougle
  • Remembering R.D. Smith
  • Remembering R.D. Smith and W.D. Peerman
  • Lack of resources at Lincoln High School
  • Black students favor moving to Chapel Hill High School
  • Black students support entering Chapel Hill High School
  • Ambivalence about integration
  • Black student enters white-majority school
  • Nurturing at Lincoln gives way to achieving at Chapel Hill High School
  • Lack of preparation for integration
  • Relative calm during first year of integration
  • Black educational leaders lose positions during integration
  • Differential treatment of black and white students at Chapel Hill High School
  • Ambivalence about integration
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  • Subjects
  • School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Hackney, Burnis
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