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When schools integrated 50 years ago, these black students had to pick up and move


Added 02-16-20 04:04:02am EST - “When schools in Greenville, S.C., finally moved to end segregation 50 years ago, it was black students that did the majority of the moving.” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “When schools integrated 50 years ago, these black students had to pick up and move”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Maybe because when boys are boys and girls are girls, the eyes are wide enough to see the whole sky. Or they are close enough to the ground to spot the beginnings, the tiny roots of things. Maybe because youth is not an age but a lens.

When Ernest Hamilton watched the trees topple in the forest, he watched the trees topple for him. When the earth behind his Nicholtown house moved, the earth moved for him. When he watched cement and metal and glass rise from the clearing, the building was built for him.

When the doors opened and the walls became 40 classrooms, a 600-seat auditorium, a gym for 1,500, the school still appeared to be for him and him alone.

Joseph E. Beck High School belonged to Ernest, and Ernest belonged to Beck. They shared a foundation.

Just as he watched the school's making from his backyard, the school watched him being made. A boy built up, brick by brick, into a leader in the classroom and on the football field.

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