Minority teachers are role models for minority students
Johnson tries to increase the number of minority teachers at his school in order to provide role models for his black students. He believes that white teachers and black students do not always understand one another.
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Oral History Interview with Charles Johnson, December 29, 1990. Interview M-0025. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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- GOLDIE F. WELLS:
So one of your priorities in selecting at this point since you only have
four, five Black faculty members you really want to increase your
- CHARLES JOHNSON:
I want to increase my minority because I think that it is very important
that we have more role models within this school and I've
found that, there are excellent teachers. However I've found
that some of them have difficulties understanding the Black students.
And the Black students have a tendency not to understand the attitude of
White teachers. But I'm not saying that they are not good
teachers--they are very good teachers but I think that we need--it needs
to be balanced a little more.