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Oral History Interview with Raney Norwood, January 9, 2001. Interview K-0556. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Raney Norwood recalls the maddening process of integration in Chapel Hill. Upon entering the new, integrated Chapel Hill High School, he and other African American students left behind the educational traditions of Lincoln High. They spent their first year at CHHS struggling to reclaim them through nonviolent and violent means. Norwood describes the so-called riot through which black students demanded the restoration of Lincoln's educational and athletic traditions, and one dramatic instance of violent white supremacy which resulted in the death of one of Norwood's friends. This interview presents a picture of a community roiled by the struggle to integrate and the different ways in which black students responded to the uncertainty and injustice of the process.
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  • Black students riot at CHHS
  • Black students riot to protest lost traditions
  • Black students riot at CHHS
  • Change slowly comes to integrated school
  • Upward Bound helps black students
  • Poor preparation for integration
  • Different forms of resistance
  • Violence erupts over integration
  • Carrboro is dangerous for blacks
  • Learning to resist white racism
  • Remembering teachers at Lincoln
  • Taboo against interracial romance
  • Tragedy unites community
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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
  • Norwood, Raney
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