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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Jeff Black, March 29, 1999. Interview K-0276. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

West Charlotte gains strength from diversity

Black believes that West Charlotte both nurtures individuality and unity, encouraging students to pursue their own interests while bringing them together at events like football games. Black thinks that the school's diverse faculty and student body, which reflect Charlotte as a whole, introduce different viewpoints into the school environment, allowing students to make choices.

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Oral History Interview with Jeff Black, March 29, 1999. Interview K-0276. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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PG: What is West Charlotte really about? JB: Gosh. West Charlotte is about being an individual but still being part of the whole. Through my experiences at West Charlotte I’ve learned who I really am, I think, and what I want to do. You have opportunity to do whatever you want to do here. You can go down a lot of different paths. I think it’s just where I’ve had the opportunity to make my choice, and make the choice for myself of what I want to do. Everybody is still connected by the fact that we still pull together at all sporting events or pep rallies or anything. We all support each other. I think that that school spirit and that pride that everybody has is what makes West Charlotte such a good school. PG: You say that it helped you figure out who you are. How did it do that? Can you think of specific things that happened to you or certain decisions you made? JB: I think it deals with the people that you’re around and the faculty as well, very diverse faculty. It comes from all different kind of backgrounds. Everything, and the people that come here. We have people from the open program that I was used to, and then people that live right down the street. You have people from all over Charlotte that come to West Charlotte. You meet so many different kinds of people and just get so many different views. It forces you to shape your own beliefs. You hear a lot of different perspectives, and you get to form your own opinions.