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Oral History Interview with Latrelle McAllister, June 25, 1998. Interview K-0173. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Latrelle McAllister, an African American woman who attended West Charlotte High School from 1973 to 1976, remembers her experiences there. Like many former West Charlotte students, she recalls a vibrant, diverse atmosphere, animated in part by a flashy marching band. She believes in the value of integration and its role in exposing students to diverse culture, but worries about the effects of busing on neighborhood cohesion. Despite the fracturing effects of busing, McAllister believes that West Charlotte remains a rallying point for her Charlotte community.
  • Growing up near West Charlotte High School
  • Busing nurtured friendships
  • Concerns that desegregation will close black schools
  • Remembering a nurturing teacher, a rare breed these days
  • Teachers shield students from turmoil of desegregation
  • West Charlotte's relative wealth keeps it calm during desegregation
  • Relative comfort despite segregation
  • Remembering Martin Luther King's assassination
  • Manners insulate black woman against racism
  • Remembering West Charlotte's exceptional marching band
  • Importance of West Charlotte as a symbol
  • Reflections on the utility of integration
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  • Subjects
  • School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • West Charlotte High School (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • McAllister, Latrelle
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