McAllister describes her involvement in a civil rights march while she was a junior high school student and some of the black community's motivations for activism. In short, black families were worried that integration was eroding black educational traditions as the process closed black schools. Marchers wanted to draw attention to the black community's rich educational heritage and the deep-seated ties between historically black schools and black communities. McAllister illustrates the longevity of those ties with a story about her father, who on her first day at West Charlotte entrusted her to a teacher he had when he was a student there.