Title: Oral History Interview with Alma Enloe, May 18, 1998. Interview K-0167.
Interviewer: Grundy, Pamela
Interviewee: Enloe, Alma
Subjects: School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte West Charlotte High School (N.C.) Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations Enloe, Alma
Abstract: Alma Enloe misses her days at West Charlotte. She spends much of this interview reminiscing about her time in one of the last all-black classes to graduate from the school. Like many interviewees, she remembers West Charlotte as an extension of Charlotte's African American community and the essential role teachers and student activities played in keeping West Charlotte at the center. The marching band was, and is, good enough to draw crowds. Teachers were deeply invested in the lives of their students, and showed their commitment in and out of the home. At school and at home, students learned discipline and the importance of tidiness. This interview illustrates the depth of West Charlotte's importance to its black students before integration.