, 2023-01-11 23:06:46,
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While reading a history book as an undergrad, a woman from northeastern North Carolina paused, surprised—”Well, there’s my grandfather.”
Ramona Brown, 61, is in history class at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, working toward her degree in journalism, a field she has worked in for 40 years.
She was learning about troubled school integration in Charlotte during the civil rights era.
“That’s when I discovered this story out of Hyde County,” Brown said. “I shared it with my mom and she said, ‘Oh yeah, I was a part of that, along with your grandfather.'” “
Her grandfather, Golden Mackey, is quoted in the book by David S. Along the way to freedom. He was an alumnus of one of two Black schools in Hyde County, both of which officials planned to close permanently in the merger.
Brown was seven and eight during the 1968-1969 school year, when black and Native American parents in Hyde County carried out one of the longest and most successful civil rights protests in the country, motivated by their disagreement with a plan to desegregate the school. They didn’t send their kids to school that year, held non-violent protests daily for months, marched in Raleigh twice and got rid of Co County…
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