Danville’s Doris Wilson: Teacher of Civil Rights
Danville, Virginia resident Doris Wilson was a history teacher at Langston High School, a school for African-Americans. She started teaching at George Washington High School when the school was integrated. Ms. Wilson eventually worked her way up to become the Assistant Principal of George Washington High. She loves teaching and built relationships with her students, and, despite the initial struggle integration posed, rarely had problems in her classroom because she respected her students and they respected her.
In this interview with Ms. Wilson, she speaks of the Civil Rights Movement from a teacher’s perspective, the experience of hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak, and what life was like in Danville during this time. (Note: Ms. Wilson requested not to have video taken of the actual interview.)
Editor’s note: Want to learn about the African American experience from the arrival of the first Africans in 1619 to present day? Mark your calendar for the Determined: The 400-year Struggle for Black Equality exhibition.