First black students recall first days of integration

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

He wishes he could reconnect with the family.

“If I could see her and her brother today, I would tell them thanks for being true friends and not letting people around them turn their feelings against us,” Scott said.

He said not all his memories are bad.

“When we went up to the shopping center, people there treated us really great, so I really didn’t think nothing of it,” Scott said of the Commercial Shopping Center.

Six months after entering the school, his father was transferred and the family left the area. Roland Scott eventually joined the Army and later became a minister.

“There has been a tremendous amount of change compared to the way it was back then,” Roland Scott said. “It was like day and night I would say. I wasn’t prepared for a lot of that stuff that was going on. We weren’t taught to hate people because of their race. It’s gotten a lot better.”

But just because race relations have improved doesn’t mean history should be ignored, he said.

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