"If this [the freedom movement] is gonna work, somebody has to be the strong one, and it's gonna have to be you. ‘Cause we've struggled too hard to get you into this position and then, after listening to speeches from Dr. King about how to survive it without violence: I just sucked I up and kept right on doing it. I said “you might hit me but you can't kill me,” and that's how I got through it."
- Ted Stone
Ted Stone - On his childhood, values, and school integration
This interview is part of an oral history project called Southern Communities: Listening for a Change: Mighty Tigers--Oral HIstories of Chapel Hill's Lincoln High School. The interviewes were conducted from 2000-2001, by Bob Gilgor, with former teachers, staff, and students from Chapel Hill, N.C.'s Lincoln High School, the historically black secondary school that closed in 1962 when a school desegregation plan was implemented. Interviewees discuss African American life and race relations in Chapel Hill, as well as education, discipline, extracurricular activities, and high school social life before and after integration.
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