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Andrew Perry Haywood, 1997 November 4

Identifier: GF-HA0122

Scope and Contents

Dr. Andrew "Sam" Haywood discusses his role as principal of Independence and West Charlotte High Schools and as chairman of county high school principals during the turbulent years of desegregation. He describes the benefits of desegregation and recounts some of the challenges he and his teachers faced, including the school board's continued divisiveness and the teachers' daily struggle to provide an equal educational opportunity for all students. Dr. Haywood also explains the significance of teacher training programs, which specifically addressed how to handle situations involving students from different racial backgrounds. Further, he recounts his own efforts as school administrator to foster better student relations amongst students from different backgrounds. He also explains how West Charlotte was able to serve as a national model for successful public school integration and he describes their outreach work with South Boston High School in Massachusetts. Dr. Haywood concludes his interview by discussing the problems with race relations that persisted at the time of the interview, and he emphasizes the importance of helping students understand others from different cultural and racial backgrounds.


  • Creation: 1997 November 4

Conditions Governing Access

34 of the 392 interviews are available in the digital repository. Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use.

Biographical Note

Dr. Andrew P. “Sam” Haywood was a 64-year-old man at the time of interview, which took place in his home in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born in Randolph County, North Carolina in 1933. He was educated at High Point College, Western Carolina University, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and was employed as a teacher, school principal, and an area superintendent.


20 Minutes

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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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