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Oral History Interview with Gloria Register Jeter, December 23, 2000. Interview K-0549. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Gloria Register Jeter, who attended segregated and integrated public schools in Chapel Hill, recalls the damage visited on the black community by integration. Integration was a "mess," she argues, pointing out that when black and white schools merged, black traditions often did not survive the process. Student protests managed to restore some of Lincoln High School's traditions to the new Chapel Hill High School, but according to Jeter, the legacies of institutionalized racism are permanent. This interview reveals some of the frustration black students felt during the integration process and their efforts to fix enduring inequalities in day-to-day academic life. Jeter tells the story of black students involved in a constant struggle for respect and recognition.
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  • Orientation discriminates against black students
  • Tensions between black students, white teachers, and white students
  • Changing post-integration relationships between students and teachers
  • Integration brings cultural changes
  • Black students protest in school
  • Black students riot for change
  • Family life in a segregated context
  • Black students protest loss of school tradition
  • Anger at the failures of integration
  • Loss of black traditions in integration
  • Tensions between black students and white teachers
  • Upward Bound helps black students
  • Teachers' disinterest in black students
  • Black students' anger in integrated context
  • Endurance of racism
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  • Subjects
  • Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations
  • School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • Lincoln High School (Chapel Hill, N.C.)
  • Segregation in education--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • Civil rights demonstrations--North Carolina--Chapel Hill
  • Jeter, Gloria Register
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