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Bennie Higgins, December 28, 1990. Interview M-0003.
A Principal's Perspective on Race in the Classroom in Desegregated Greensboro, North Carolina: Longtime North Carolina high school principal Bennie Higgins describes the details of the position and reflects on race in the post-desegregation classroom.
Interviewee: Bennie Higgins    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 00:50:54     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 3 excerpts.
Leroy Campbell, January 4, 1991. Interview M-0007.
The End of Black Education: A Black Principal Remembers Desegregation in Iredell County, North Carolina: Leroy Campbell describes his experiences as the principal of the all-black Unity School in Iredell County, North Carolina.
Interviewee: Leroy Campbell    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:10:40     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
E. V. Dacons, March 4, 1991. Interview M-0009.
Black Administrator Recalls His Experiences in Segregated and Desegregated North Carolina High Schools: Ebson V. Dacons recounts his career as a black administrator of segregated and desegregated public high schools in Wilkes County, North Carolina.
Interviewee: E. V. Dacons    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:31:59     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
J. W. Mask, February 15, 1991. Interview M-0013.
Adapting to Segregation: A Black Principal Provides for His Segregated School: J. W. Mask describes his stewardship of a segregated black high school and his struggle to provide his students with adequate resources.
Interviewee: J. W. Mask    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:41:30     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 7 excerpts.
Johnny A. Freeman, December 27, 1990. Interview M-0011.
A Long-Serving Principal Reflects on Desegregation: Longtime principal Johnny A. Freeman reflects on the mixed legacy of desegregation.
Interviewee: Johnny A. Freeman    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:25:34     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 3 excerpts.
George Miller, January 19, 1991. Interview M-0015.
Black North Carolina Principal Recounts the Inner Workings of a Desegregated School: George Miller describes his career as a black administrator in desegregated schools.
Interviewee: George Miller    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:31:41     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 8 excerpts.
Venton Bell, January 30, 1991. Interview M-0018.
A Black Principal Considers Desegregation's Legacy in Charlotte, North Carolina: Venton Bell, principal of Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, describes his duties and reflects on race and education.
Interviewee: Venton Bell    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 00:49:57     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 3 excerpts.
Richard Hicks, February 1, 1991. Interview M-0023.
A Black Principal and an All-Black High School in Post-Desegregation North Carolina: Richard Hicks, who in 1991 was the principal of the all-black Hillside High School in Durham, North Carolina, describes his job and offers some brief thoughts on the minimal impact of desegregation on his career in education.
Interviewee: Richard Hicks    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 00:45:50     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
John Jessup, January 11, 1991. Interview M-0024.
Black Principal and Administrator Reflects on Career in Education: John Jessup discusses his employment as the principal of a North Carolina public school and as an administrator in the Winston-Salem public schools. He describes the challenges he faced as an African American as well as the changes brought about by desegregation.
Interviewee: John Jessup    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:18:48     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 6 excerpts.
Charles Johnson, December 29, 1990. Interview M-0025.
Projecting Authority: A Black Principal Asserts Control Decades after Desegregation: Black principal Charles Johnson describes the challenges of his profession and his extra effort to maintain discipline in a post-desegregation environment.
Interviewee: Charles Johnson    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells, Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:27:56     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 3 excerpts.
Robert Logan, December 28, 1990. Interview M-0027.
The End of Desegregation: Discrimination Returns to Schools in the 1980s: Robert Logan, principal of Hugh M. Cummings High School in Burlington, North Carolina, reflects on the details of his job and the challenge of race in the post-desegregation atmosphere.
Interviewee: Robert Logan    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:40:27     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
Ray Spain, January 26, 1990. Interview M-0029.
A Black Principal in Post-Desegregation North Carolina: Ray Spain, the principal of Bertie High School, describes his management style and the demands of his job.
Interviewee: Ray Spain    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 00:56:37     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 1 excerpts.
Robert Winston, January 26, 1991. Interview M-0030.
A Black Principal Shares His Thoughts on Race and Education: Robert Winston, principal of Wake Forest-Rolesville High School, describes his duties in this interview, reflecting briefly on the impact of desegregation.
Interviewee: Robert Winston    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells, Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 00:43:11     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 2 excerpts.
Coleman Barbour, February 16, 1991. Interview M-0032.
The Legacy of Racism: Underachieving Black Students: Coleman Barbour reflects on the diminished power of black principals as well as the state of the black community and its waning investment in education.
Interviewee: Coleman Barbour    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:35:03     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 4 excerpts.
Loistine Defreece, February 16, 1991. Interview M-0034.
A Pioneering Black Female Principal Describes a Challenging, Rewarding Job: Loistine Defreece, the first black female principal in Lumberton, North Carolina, discusses her job and reflects briefly on some of the challenges race poses to modern educators.
Interviewee: Loistine Defreece    Interviewer: Goldie F. Wells
Duration: 01:04:25     Annotated Excerpts: Listen to and read all 2 excerpts.