Southern Voices b y H . Lou i s e s e a r L e s For ten years, I attended public school with black Americans. But for a period during my last two years, I was the only black student at Pine Forest High, a historically white public school. H. Louise "Sparkle" Searles, courtesy of the author. Most folks know August 28, 1963, as the March on Washington, but for me, it has another very profound meaning. It was the beginning of my every day walk with death for nine months--the start of Public School Integration in Fayetteville, North Carolina. For ten years, I attended public school with black Americans. But for a period during my last two years, I was the only black student at Pine Forest High, a historically white public school. Distracted by a fun-filled summer, I didn't think much about my safety as the first day at my new school approached. But on the actual morning, just seven days shy of my sixteenth birthday, I was sure it was my last day on this earth. Terrified, I stood on Highway 210 with my sister Henrietta and our cousin, Robert King, waiting for
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Jan 31, 2015
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