Desegregation Pioneers


Dorothy Counts Delois Huntley Girvaud Roberts Gus Roberts

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  On May 17, 1954, the US Supreme Court rules in Brown vs. Board of Education that segregated schools for black and white students are unconstitutional. The ruling calls, for the integration of the school systems. Many of the white residents of Charlotte, like those in cities across the country, resist.

On September 4, 1957, four courageous young people change Charlotte forever when they become the first black students to enroll in public schools that were previously all-white. Reactions from other students are mixed. Some simply avoid the black classmates, while others taunt and call them names.


Read a 1992 Charlotte Observer article that follows the lives of these four brave pioneers.



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