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Oral History Interview with John Love, February 17, 1999. Interview K-0172. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007).
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  • Abstract
    The dynamic John W. Love Jr. offers his thoughts on the history and culture of West Charlotte High School. Integration was no longer a significant issue by the time Love entered high school—he was in third grade when the process began—but Love, who is an African American, remembers the integration process and offers his thoughts on its long-term effects. Love, an actor, speaks with a great deal of élan about the remarkable cultural diversity of West Charlotte, but also the disagreements created by that diversity. Despite some problems, Love left West Charlotte with a strong sense of belonging.
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  • Looking forward to attending West Charlotte
  • "Fear of the unknown" during school integration
  • No real risk of closing West Charlotte during integration
  • West Charlotte's many ways of maintaining racial balance
  • Culture clashes at integrated school
  • Integration damages black traditions at West Charlotte
  • Diversity at West Charlotte
  • Community watches West Charlotte closely
  • Love at West Charlotte High School
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  • Finding aid to the Southern Oral History Program Collection
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  • 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
  • Love, John W., Jr.
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