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Chapman, June Taylor

Chapman, June Taylor

Chapman, June Taylor

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

265a: In this interview with Patsy Colbert, June Taylor Chapman reminisces about life as a junior high and high school student during racial integration at Diboll schools.  As the first African American cheerleader, she was part of the integration of sports and extracurricular activities and has a unique the perspective of belonging to two worlds during that time.  She recalls life at H.G. Temple before integration, attending the white school for the first time, being accepted by the other cheerleaders and their families, instances of racial discrimination and conflict at school, and how the races interacted in town. She speaks about Mr. and Mrs. Massey, Coach Porter, Mr. Ramsey, Arthur Temple, Jr., and Byrd Davis, in particular.