Interview with Dorothy Graham

OK, tell me your, your, your feelings about integration.


My experience is here, in Miami, in schools. Teachers were proud to teach school. They were careful about the way they looked, they were careful about the way they acted, they were careful about the way they dressed, and children emulated this. With integration, well, when I went to a junior high school, we were not integrated then, it was a school that had been built for an integrated community, but the Whites moved out and left it practically all a Black school. We had teachers that came looking like slobs. One in particular, I remember, these are junior high school children, big for their ages, big boys, and this teacher wore a dress with no underwear, and she would sit on her desk, and these big boys that were in front of her, that would never have happened with an all-Black school, you see. There are certain things children learn, more is caught than taught, do you understand what I mean? And those boys, twelve and thirteen year-old, overgrown boys, they do not need to see half-dressed people, you know. They're developing, and it's, it's not good for them. But, um, I don't--


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