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Gloria Register Jeter, December 23, 2000. Interview K-0549.
The Shortcomings of Integration: Integration was incomplete and did little to rid schools of racism, maintains Gloria Register Jeter in this interview. The close ties between school and community that existed in segregated black Chapel Hill evaporated when black schools were absorbed into a system that Jeter believed had little interest in black students' success.
Interviewee: Gloria Register Jeter    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:24:36     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 15 excerpts.
Rebecca Clark, June 21, 2000. Interview K-0536.
Earning and Buying in Jim Crow North Carolina: Rebecca Clark describes the economic impact of Jim Crow: denying African Americans desirable jobs, forcing them into low-paying jobs, and humiliating African American consumers.
Interviewee: Rebecca Clark    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 03:18:40     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 12 excerpts.
Joanne Peerman, February 24, 2001. Interview K-0557.
Pushing for Integration at Chapel Hill High School: Joanne Peerman describes the efforts of black students to thoroughly integrate Chapel Hill High School and discusses her relationship with her father, a beloved coach at Lincoln High School and a powerful figure in the black high school community.
Interviewee: Joanne Peerman    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:33:45     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 18 excerpts.
Raney Norwood, January 9, 2001. Interview K-0556.
A Frustrating Transition in Chapel Hill: A former student at Lincoln and Chapel Hill High School recalls the frustrations of integration.
Interviewee: Raney Norwood    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:46:07     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 13 excerpts.
Thurman Couch, February 12, 2001. Interview K-0537.
New Challenges for the African American Community in an Integrated Chapel Hill: Thurman Couch describes social, cultural, and economic splintering in African American networks in Chapel Hill following integration.
Interviewee: Thurman Couch    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:02:34     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 15 excerpts.
Alice Battle, February 20, 2001. Interview K-0523.
Persistent Racism in Post-Integration Schools: Racism and segregation return to declining integrated schools.
Interviewee: Alice Battle    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 02:07:01     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
Fred Battle, January 3, 2001. Interview K-0525.
Fighting for an Uncertain Legacy: Race and Rights in Chapel Hill, North Carolina: An African American man reflects on race and protest in segregated Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Interviewee: Fred Battle    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:13:25     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 10 excerpts.
Nate Davis, February 6, 2001. Interview K-0538.
The Persistence of Racism in an Integrated School: Segregation and integration caused difficulties in the life of this African American student.
Interviewee: Nate Davis    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:24:15     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 15 excerpts.
Burnice Hackney, February 5, 2001. Interview K-0547.
Integrating Chapel Hill Schools: From Personal Development to Academic Achievement: One of the first African American students to attend Chapel Hill High School discusses his continuing ambivalence about integration and its effect on the black community.
Interviewee: Burnis Hackney    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:34:32     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 14 excerpts.
Stella Nickerson, January 20, 2001. Interview K-0554.
The Uncertain Legacies of Integration: Stella Nickerson describes a harmonious segregated past replaced by a less desirable integrated present.
Interviewee: Stella Nickerson    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:12:00     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.
Sheila Florence, January 20, 2001. Interview K-0544.
The Trial of Desegregating Chapel Hill High School: Sheila Florence, among the first African Americans to desegregate Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, remembers growing up in the segregated South and working to end desegregation.
Interviewee: Sheila Florence    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 01:39:54     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Walter Durham, January 19 and 26, 2001. Interview K-0540.
An African American Response to the Process and Consequences of School Integration: Walter Durham discusses coming of age during the 1950s and 1960s in Orange County, North Carolina. Durham focuses especially on the process of school integration as it occurred in the merging of the all black Lincoln High School and the newly integrated Chapel Hill High School. According to Durham, this was a tense process in which many of the school traditions he fondly remembers from his days at Lincoln were lost in the transition to integrated schools.
Interviewee: Walter Durham    Interviewer: Bob Gilgor
Duration: 02:11:25     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 9 excerpts.