Havelock Middle students learn of fight for racial equality

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Sgt. Joshua Branch, right, and Lance Cpl. Enrique Molina, of Marine Attack Squadron 542 at Cherry Point, were part of the color guard at the Black HIstory program at Havelock Middle School.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 08:58 PM.

Theron McCabe told students Friday that he remembered a time when racial equality had a long way to go in Craven County.

McCabe, a Craven County commissioner, was honored during a Black History Month program at Havelock Middle School.

"It was in the ‘50s. My brother and I went to a restaurant in New Bern. We had to go to the back to be served," McCabe said.

McCabe told of having different bathrooms and different water fountains for "colored and white people."

"Their water was cool. Ours was warm," McCabe said.

Havelock Middle Principal Tabari Wallace described McCabe as a dedicated and loyal servant to the citizens of Craven County.

"He always answers the phone," Wallace said. "Even though he’s a politician, he always answers the phone for the person or the organization that’s calling."

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