Mangum shares his recollections about the move to merge Robeson County's separate school systems in the mid-1970s. After the double voting victory, he says, he and others started to believe that separate school systems, not double voting, were the source of the area's difficulties. Informed by this belief and by a Christian faith that taught them to break down barriers, he and others pushed for a unified school system. Mangum does not recall opposition to the merger from African or Native Americans.