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Oral History Interview with Alma Enloe, May 18, 1998. Interview K-0167. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    Alma Enloe misses her days at West Charlotte. She spends much of this interview reminiscing about her time in one of the last all-black classes to graduate from the school. Like many interviewees, she remembers West Charlotte as an extension of Charlotte's African American community and the essential role teachers and student activities played in keeping West Charlotte at the center. The marching band was, and is, good enough to draw crowds. Teachers were deeply invested in the lives of their students, and showed their commitment in and out of the home. At school and at home, students learned discipline and the importance of tidiness. This interview illustrates the depth of West Charlotte's importance to its black students before integration.
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  • Resources and administration at West Charlotte
  • Sense of community at West Charlotte
  • Sense of community at West Charlotte
  • Teachers were highly supportive at West Charlotte
  • Difficulties of segregation
  • Community must restore itself
  • Learn More
  • Finding aid to the Southern Oral History Program Collection
  • Database of all Southern Oral History Program Collection interviews
  • Resources for Educators
  • Race in Charlotte Schools Learning Object
  • Subjects
  • School integration--North Carolina--Charlotte
  • West Charlotte High School (N.C.)
  • Charlotte (N.C.)--Race relations
  • Enloe, Alma
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