Explore History: Color & Character - History of West Charlotte High School

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

University City Regional, Storytime Room

Segregation, Desegregation, and Resegregation at West Charlotte High School - What Was Lost, What Was Gained, What Was Saved¬? Author Pamela Grundy will trace the history of West Charlotte High School from its origins as a beloved segregated school through its years as a national model for successful integration to its struggles with the challenges of resegregation. Grundy's recently published book, Color & Character, highlights the ambition and hard work of generations of West Charlotte teachers, students and community members. It also examines broader developments that affected the school, including urban renewal, suburbanization, and national shifts in politics and culture. The program will conclude with an audience discussion of this history and its relevance for the present-day situation of West Charlotte and other Charlotte Mecklenburg schools. Pamela Grundy is a Charlotte-based historian and the author of several books, including Color & Character: West Charlotte High and the American Struggle over Educational Equality, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2017.

Dr. Pamela Grundy