Interview with Marcia Webb Lecke
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO TELL US ABOUT GRADUATION DAY. A PRETTY DAY?

Marcia Webb Lecke:

Graduation Day was a pretty day, and that was one of the concerns, because when you have an outdoor graduation, you want it to be a pretty day. Uh, I don't think it had entered my mind that there might be any kind of incident. Uh, one just thought in terms of hoping everything went well, with a new kind of program, we didn't have a speaker, we had some kind of original composition, that was going to be sort of, I don't know, it was going to be a, a talk, or a song. I never could figure it out, it was sort of an in-between kind of thing. But it went well. Um, right before graduation, um, it did come back to the forefront of my thoughts that Central was making news again, because I received a phone call, and um, I was a class os—officer, and so someone from one of the major news networks wanted to interview me about what the year had been like, um, sort of looking at Central nine months later. But instead of just giving the interview, I, being a child of the 50s, asked the superintendent if he thought it would be a good idea, and following through with the strategy of the administration not to seek publicity, and to sort of downplay the whole thing, then he suggested that I not do it. And uh, so I said no, and then promptly forgot it, and went on to making sure you had white shoes to go with the cap and gown, and so, you know, graduation went off without a hitch. I wish now that I had known that Dr. Martin Luther King was at my graduation, and I would have made it a point to have looked for him, but at that point, I didn't even know who he was.