Published in the Charlotte Observer Nov. 14, 1969, this is the full text of the proposed plan for desegregation of Charlotte’s schools that the Board of Education presented to the United States District Court
Aug. 29, 1970 Letter Reassigning Mrs. Emily Ivory to Double Oaks Elementary
Letter from Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools reassigning Mrs. Emily Ivory, an African American teacher, to Double Oaks Elementary after the court-ordered desegregation was imposed. Donated by her daughter Darnell Ivory.
Feb. 20, 1970 Busing: Where It Is, Isn't
Feb. 20 1970 special section that discusses the particulars of the school busing case before the court
July 12, 1975 - School Desgregation Case finally closed after years of appeals
After years of appeals and court challenges, Judge McMillan announces that the case is closed and he does not intend to reopen it. The paper is filled with in-depth analysis of the history of the case.
Highway Commission Right of Way Letter to Emily Ivory
Letter from the NC State Highway Commission notifying Emily Ivory of 1631 Van Buren Ave in McCrorey Heights that her property would be acquired by right-of-way. Donated by Emily’s daughter, Darnell Ivory.
Charlotte Post article about the Northwest Expressway and McCrorey Heights
Article from the Charlotte Post about the Northwest Expressway coming through McCrorey Heights, with the Ivory home at 1631 Van Buren Ave. visible in the picture. Donated by Darnell Ivory.
1966 Map of Proposed Highways around Charlotte's core
Map from 1966 Charlotte Observer article detailing the proposed highways that would begin construction shortly to surround the city’s downtown core.
Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America site
Alfred Alexander describes his childhood memories of the bombing at the home of Kelly Alexander in Nov. 1965 in an interview with the University of NC at Charlotte. Used courtesy of UNCC Special Collections.
Article in the Charlotte Observer reflecting on the 50 year anniversary of the bombing attacks
Oct 29, 1966 Editorial
1966 Observer editorial discussing how residents displaced by the Northwest Expressway (mostly black residents) were not even compensated for their moving expenses because it was a city project while those moved by the North-South Expressway (mostly white residents) were since it was funded by the state.
JCSU and Civil Rights
A Flickr album of Johnson C. Smith University students seated at lunch counters demanding service, and marching to uptown Charlotte to ask for equal treatment. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmzJmtfE
Feb. 11, 1960 "Negroes Continue Protest at Diners"
Flickr album of images of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at JCSU in 1966, with Dr. Reginald Hawkins, JCSU President Dr. Rufus Perry, and others visible. Photos taken by James Peeler and available via the Peeler Collection at JCSU, the Special Collections of UNC-Charlotte, and the Carolina Room of the Public Library. https://flic.kr/s/aHsmzJt2w1
West End "Green Book" locations
Commonly referred to as Green Books, these travel guides for African Americans during the Jim Crow era listed establishments in cities and states across the U.S. that welcomed black customers. As compiled by the NC Historic Preservation Office and NC State University graduate students, here is a list of the Green Book locations in the West End.
CharlotteFive: Meet the man who led Charlotte’s lunch counter sit-ins and went to jail with Martin Luther King Jr.
CharlotteFive podcast profile of JCSU Student leader Charles Jones, a long-time West End resident who rode with the Freedom Riders and led JCSU students on a march from campus to desegregate lunch counters in 1960.
1963 - Malcolm X speaks at the Hi-Fi Club in the West End
in 1963, Black Nationalist leader Malcolm X spoke on the campus of JCSU and then at the Hi-Fi Club at 2700 Estelle Street in Washington Heights. Here is footage of that speech: https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2wkr9q
The Atlantic, 2016 - "Shattering Charlotte's Myth of Racial Harmony"
Article written in the wake of the protests following the killing of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte police that discusses the “myth” of racial harmony and the “peaceful path” to civil rights that exists around Charlotte’s history.
West End resident "Chatty Hattie" Leeper, the first black woman on Charlotte radio in the 1950's for WGIV, talks about the impact of gentrification on her community in an interview conducted by JCSU on 3/30/18.
An example on the Charlotte Five site showing an example of the climate where certain language is used by media and real estate companies to push home buying/renting in the Biddleville and Smallwood neighborhoods.
"Residents get proactive in fight against gentrification" - Nov. 2016