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The Truth of High School

Y’all wanna see the truth of what I looked like in high school? It’s a hoot. And now it’s out there for everyone to peep at.

Why, you might ask? Well, I wrote an essay about my odd junior high and high school experience in the land of the integrating South.

Journalist Ellen Ann Fentress was kind enough to publish the essay on her Admissions Project site. The title of the site has two meanings. Admissions, as in school. But also as in confession.

The important site collects the stories of those who went to segregation academies in the South, as well as those who attended public schools. I fell into the latter. My story is unique in that my experience spanned two major events in 1970s integration. The Supreme Court’s order for Jackson, Mississippi, schools to integrate. Then, six months later, America’s first court order for Charlotte, North Carolina, kids to get on the bus and ride.

Click over to the Admissions Project and read my essay exploring the truth of high school: I Never Saw the System. I’m so proud to be included with essays by Ralph Eubanks, Katrina Byrd, Lynn Watkins, and so many others.

While you’re there, laugh at my school photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

p.s In The Sentences that Create us, Caits Meissner notes how the included essays โ€œtalk to one another on the page.โ€ The essays in @StoriesAcademy do the same thing. The collecting of these stories in one place is crucial because no one story tells the whole truth. So read a few while you’re there.

p.p.s. Another quote from The Sentences that Create Us: โ€œEvery story needs hope,” which is also the title of the essay by Derek R. Trumbo, Sr. Read to the last paragraph of my essay and tell me what you think.

Me as a young writer, but not as baby as my high school pic
Me as a baby writer, but not as baby as that high school pic.

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