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Copyright protected. Use of this item beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U. S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, ( 662) 846- 4780. Mississippi Digital Library Identification: mcd. oh. george_ 352 Page 1 of 18 Interviewer: Ambrose Webster II Interviewee: Charles M. George Date: June 21, 2001 AW: We are interviewing for the Civil Rights World History Project Mr. Charlie M. George. Uh… we are at Sumner, Mississippi in the west Tallahachie Superintendents office. And uh… Mr. George if you will, lay some groundwork for us if you will tell us your full name and um education and where you were born and everything and then we’ll go from there. CG: Okay, my name is Charles Marx, M- A- R- X, and George. I was born August 15, 1929 at Yazoo City, Mississippi. I received my formal education in Greenwood, Mississippi. I graduated from Stone Street High School in Greenwood, Mississippi. After high school graduation, I went to Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi. And, at the end of the first semester in 1953 I went into the Armed Services for the, during the Korean conflict. I was, after basic training in Augusta, Georgia at Fort Gordon I was shipped overseas to Germany. Uh… I was stationed in Germany and I was a part of the Military Police Corps. Uh, our basic function was to escort soldiers, act as couriers for documents, escort services for dignitaries. I did have an opportunity to go into Berlin, Berlin, Germany during the time that the Berlin Wall was there. I went there several times. My duty required me to travel to all parts of Germany, also into Austria. I was there for twenty- seven months. I extended a year; the reason why I was there for twenty- seven months is because I extended a year of my enlistment for officer’s’ candidates’ school. During the course of my waiting to go into to the officer candidates’ school the Korean Truce was declared. So, they didn’t need anymore second lieutenants. So, I was fortunate to go to Germany because in college I took German as a foreign language. So, my going there and perform the duties I had to perform in the Army with the German National. My knowledge of German and also to being able to speak German helped a lot in a lot of situations. After I was discharged from the Army in January 1956 I returned to school. The second semester had started about two weeks after I had been discharged. I graduated from Tougaloo College in 1957 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with a Minor in Psychology. I came to, after graduation, oh well before graduation let me say, uh… in our education department our education teacher tried to find places for Tougaloo graduates to work or do their practice teaching. At that time, there weren’t too many school districts in the Delta that hired Tougaloo graduates. Simply because of the liberal, they say, attitude that Tougaloo had. We had an integrated faculty and we had a few white students. And we were right there, you might say, at the capitals doorstep with an integrated situation a few miles from Jackson. With the liberal thinking that we had with the white instructors and the white professors who came out of the east and the north they thought that
|Title||Oral History with Charles M. George|
|Description||Transcription of an oral history interview conducted with Charles M. George. George discusses in particular his time spent working for the West Tallahatchie School District where he eventually became the first African American Superintendent.|
|Creator||George, Charles M.|
|Date||21 June 2001|
|Coverage (time period)||1929-2001|
African American educators.
George, Charles M.
Segregation in education.
|Format||Digital reproduction of a 18-page oral history transcript.|
Mississippi Digital Library. (electronic version)
Delta State University Archives and Museum.
|Contributors||Webster, Ambrose II.; Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to the University of Southern Mississippi.|
|Rights||Copyright protected. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission of Delta State University is required to publish or reproduce. Contact University Archives, Delta State University, (662) 846-4780.|
|Contributing institution||Delta State University Archives and Museum, Delta State University.|
|Collection||Delta State University Oral History Collection.|
|Digital repository||Mississippi Digital Library.|
|Digital collection||Delta State University.|
|File size||148.036 KB|