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Tuesday, December 6 • 10:55am - 11:15am
Breaking Racial Barriers: Black Student-Athletes In Western North Carolina High Schools In The 1960’s

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The 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision mandated the integration of public spaces. This paper examines the integration of specific high school athletic programs in Western North Carolina. Stephens-Lee High School and Lee Edwards High School merged into the integrated Asheville High School in 1969. Prior to the merging of these two segregated schools, Stephens-Lee, an all black high school, and Lee Edwards, a predominately white high school, segregated not only their students, but also their sports. Before the creation of Asheville High School, Brevard High School achieved full integration, becoming the first integrated team to win a state championship in 1963-1964. This study examines the individual experiences and accomplishments of black high school athletes who attended these four Western North Carolina high schools using oral histories, yearbooks, newspaper articles, and high school records. Furthermore, this study analyzes the varied and individualized experiences black athletes had while attending the schools under examination, demonstrating each athlete’s distinctive experience. These individualized experiences contribute to the discussion of sports integration.


Tuesday December 6, 2016 10:55am - 11:15am
014 Whiteside Hall