Interview with Phyllis Ellison
QUESTION 12
JACKIE SHEARER:

So I want you to tell me again about this basketball-volleyball business in gym, and, and talk about the tension, the racial tension--

PHYLLIS ELLISON:

If we wanted to play basketball, if the Black students wanted to play basketball, the White students wanted to play volleyball. So the Black students played basketball and the White students would play volleyball. The tension, you can't imagine the tension that were, was in the classroom. And the teachers were afraid that if they said one thing it would lead to another and it may incite a riot. So a lot--The teachers allowed the students to sit basically where they wanted to sit so there wouldn't be any um, racial tensions. So Black students sat on one side and White students sat on the other.

JACKIE SHEARER:

Again?