Powell, Williams R 1995-07-07

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William R. Powell discusses his years at Dunbar High School in Lubbock and segregation during his long career in education.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Williams R. Powell

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: July 07, 1995

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Gene B. Preuss

Length: 45 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Birth, Education, Dunbar, Jarvis Christian College (Hawkins, Texas), Teaching career, Parents, Family of educators, Moving to Lubbock, Dunbar compared to rural school, Claude Struggs, Influential courses/teachers at Dunbar, Jarvis Christian College (again), School and community, Gilmer-Aikin Laws’ effects upon schools, Salaries, First Black President of the Lubbock Classroom Teachers’ Association, First Black Director of Student Activities at Dunbar, First President of Phi Delta Kappa at Texas Tech, First Black Administrator at Sam Houston State University, Responsibilities of being first black to serve in positions, Importance of sports in school, Inter-school activities, Effects of Desegregation, Opposition, Black community’s response, Superintendent Ed Irons, Negative attitudes, Reassigning teachers, Community schools, Educational changes, Multi-cultural education/training, "No Pass, No Play".

Tape 1, Side 2: Parent/teacher relationships, Discipline, Influential teachers, Jarvis Christian College, Extracurricular activities in college, Charlie Guy ("The Plainsman"), Social life, Importance of family values.

Range Dates: 1940s-1990s

Bulk Dates: 1945-1975

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