Automobile of the 50s:
There are a lot of questions in life. Sherry was telling us tonight that niece Vickie was asking he questions about her birth and family. Sherry is going to take her to see the house they lived in when she was born. Vickie did not know she was named after her grandma. Lots of stuff we do not know, and did not ask.
ALL four of the schools I attended were Segregated. There were NO INTEGRAED SCHOOLS in my childhood.
There were Black Schools. At the time they were referred to as Colored Schools. In my life time I lived in a town where a person of color could not be in town after dark. They could drive thru, but not stop. That was in NC. I lived in a town in Missouri where no colored people were lived. The town just 10 miles South did not allow 'Colored People' in town after dark
In High Shoals, my closest playmates were 'Colored'. When I ate with them I was not allowed to eat at the table. I had to eat behind the wood stove on the wood pile. At 5 years old I did not know they could have been in trouble if they allowed me at their table. When the kids ate at our home they ate at the table, whites were allowed to pick and choose.
A white girl or boy who tried to date someone who was not their 'COLOR' they could have been hurt very bad.
It is different now. I went to visit my friends Jim Page and Robbie Cook in Valdese, NC a few years back. We met in a grill. I smiled when I looked over and saw a mixed couple sharing a milk shake, laughing and talking. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN IMPOSSIBLE IN 1954 IN THAT TOWN!
There wasn't a bigoted bone in my parents. I KNEW if I were EVER to utter the 'N' word in our home I could expect a spanking.
Mama would tell me, "I just cannot understand White people, they will send money to darkest Africa. But won't hug their colored brother or sister's neck here in the states.
The USA is not perfect, but it is better and it will improve. Never fast enough for some, change is inevitable, but slow at times.