Wilson, Mary Jo 1999-08-19

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Mary Jo Wilson discusses her life as both a student and a teacher at Dunbar High School.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mary Jo Wilson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 19, 1999

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 40 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Mary Jo Henderson Wilson, Born: Grayson County, Texas (1939), Moved to Lubbock in the 1950s, Parents: Joe and Flora Henderson, Children: 5 boys and 5 girls, Childhood, Education, Graduated from Dunbar High School (1957), Students, Proud, Excelled in the Black Interscholastic League, Dunbar High School, Family institution, Community, Higher education, Better life with a college degree, Langston University, Oklahoma, Band member, University choir member, Dance band member, Travel, Taught school in North Carolina, Job description, Moved to New York, Becoming a teacher, Rules and regulations, Drugs, Lubbock (again), Taught at Tubbs Elementary, Given a choice of where to teach, Differences between working at Dunbar and being a student, Roy Roberts, principal, Difficulties, Desegregation, Opinions, Busing, Cultural gaps, Lubbock tornado of 1970, Changes it caused, Single-District, School board, Opinions, City Council, Dunbar (again).

Tape 1, Side 2: Dunbar (continued), Closed as a high school, reopened as a junior high, Effect on the community, One of the best African American schools, Technology school, Benefits and rewards, [ends after 10 minutes].

Range Dates: 1939-1999

Bulk Dates: 1950s-1999

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