Title: Oral History Interview with Kathryn Cheek, March 27, 2003. Interview K-0203.
Identifier: K-0203
Interviewer: Upton, Susan
Interviewee: Cheek, Kathryn
Subjects: School integration--North Carolina--Chapel Hill    African Americans--North Carolina--Chapel Hill    Chapel Hill (N.C.)--Race relations--20th century    Cheek, Kathy, 1955-    Chapel Hill High School--Riot, 1969    
Extent: 00:00:01
Abstract:  Kathryn Cheek, a white woman who was in elementary school when Chapel Hill schools desegregated, remembers desegregation and race relations during this stormy time. Her memories of desegregation are rather hazy—she says that as a child, she did not pay much attention to current events, and that as a white child, she had little stake in desegregation—but she recalls clearly her fear of a certain black girl who threatened her throughout junior high, and groups of black girls who attacked white girls in the bathrooms. Cheek's timeline is difficult to piece together, since she recalls desegregation during her very early years of school, but graduated in the early 1970s, just a few years after desegregation began.