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What Is Color of School Disruption?

Date: April 14, 1974

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This April 14, 1974 Greensboro Daily News article was written in response to the March 8, 1974 disruption at the recently-integrated Grimsley High School in Greensboro where about 75 African American students were involved in a racially motivated incident that included threats of violence and shouting matches between students. The article anonymously quotes guidance counselors at Grimsley, many of them offering candid opinions regarding the black students at at the school. Some counselors blamed the activist climate of the 1960s for the “volatility” of some of the black students, with one counselor describing white kids as “withdrawn” and “passive”, but black students as “getting more aggressive.” One counselor believes, though, that the trouble makers at Grimsley are “outcasts within a minority” and not representative of most of the 465 black Grimsley students. A black assistant principal at Grimsley understands the black students at Grimsley though, and says, “It's easy for these kids to feel it because they are always so aware of being outnumbered, and they figure anything of a racial nature affecting one black student is bound to affect them pretty soon, too.”

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.


Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Clarence Lee Harris Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.4.1075

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