Dailey, Walace 2009-09-02

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Walace Daily discusses his family’s background from his grandfather as a slave to moving from Arkansas to Levelland, TX. He discusses segregation and the education he received at Carver High school. He also discusses the military and his political views and the impact of the 1st African American president.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Walace Dailey

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Date: September 02, 2009

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 01:56:52


Introduction; Born (1943); Name change; Parents; Siblings; Uniqueness of family; Father’s parents; Grandfather born as a slave; Mother’s parents; Father was in Civil War; Researched family history; Curiosity; Ancestry.com; Database; Reading a census; No discrimination in counting for census; Growing up in Dallas County, Arkansas; Segregated schools; Church; Lived on a farm owned by grandfather; Land first purchased by African American; Grew up on that land; Father and uncles moved to Levelland, Texas; Family moved in 1956; Experience; No trees; Growing up; Baseball; Fishing; Bought baseball gloves; Worked in the fields; School; Job is school; Shut schools down; Last year to pick cotton; State mandate for schools; Education; Levelland Carver School; Teachers dedicated; The basics; Mr. Griffith; Taught U.S. History; U.S. Negro History books; Missed opportunity; Grandfather; Slavery; Education; Garden; Motto; Father; Homestead; Bought a tractor; Health; Interviewee pauses; Interview resumes; Carver (again); Class B school; Sports; Basketball; Girls; No Gym; Played at Jr. High gym for whites; Littlefield High School, Littlefield, Texas; Integrated before others; Support for Littlefield; Babe Ruth Baseball integrated; Cardinals; Never discriminate; Part-time job; Mental well-being; Parents accepted discrimination; Affiliated with whites; Military aspect; Integrated from segregated; Church segregation; Questioning Christian America; Civil War Series; Civil War still could be lost; Impact of Obama becoming our 1st African American president; As an American; Exercise right to vote; President Obama’s speech on Race; Did not believe it could happen; Great moment for America; What is best for America; “We have to change”; Decisions; Rational decisions; Obligation to constituents; Stimulus money; Air Force; 33 years; Retired July 2003; Went back to school; Military isn’t for everybody; Great expectations; Nephews’ graduation from Texas Tech University; Significance of the moment; Emphasized education.

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