This April 14, 1974 Greensboro Daily News article quotes African American students about their experiences at the recently-integrated Grimsley High School. Many of these students, who were a small minority at Grimsley, longed to attend a school like predominantly black Dudley High School. The black students mention issues such as being bussed to Grimsley even if they lived close to Dudley, believing there were too few opportunities for extracurricular activities that they cared about, white teachers not being able to relate to them, and being perceived as an ‘Uncle Tom’ if they excelled in academics. One black teacher and several white teachers are also noted as saying that many of the white teachers do not hide their contempt or disinterest in black students.
This article was clipped and saved in a scrapbook on desegregation by Clarence “Curly” Harris, manager of the Greensboro Woolworth store at the time of the 1960 sit-ins that spawned lunch counter sit-ins across the South and rejuvenated the civil rights movement.