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Oral History Interview with Madge Hopkins, October 17, 2000. Interview K-0481. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Madge Hopkins, a graduate of West Charlotte High School and the vice principal of the school at the time of the interview, describes her experiences growing up in segregated Charlotte and desegregation at West Charlotte. Hopkins remembers the humiliating environment segregation created, but she describes herself as "traditional"—she was reluctant to join student protests at West Charlotte being instigated by a younger generation of African American students. Her belief, at the time of the interview, that the majority-black West Charlotte was a separate and unequal school indicates her concern that the promises of desegregation might not yet have been realized.
  • Growing up in segregated Charlotte
  • West Charlotte's reputation precedes it
  • Different approaches to activism among different generations of African Americans
  • Desegregation displaces black teachers
  • Ill effects of desegregation on black students
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  • Subjects
  • Teachers--North Carolina--History--20th century
  • West Charlotte High School (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • School integration--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County
  • Busing for school integration--North Carolina--Mecklenburg County
  • Hopkins, Madge, 1943-
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