Dorthy Counts Gets Diploma From Charlotte School She Integrated

The first black student to integrate at Charlotte's Harding High School 50 years ago now has a diploma from the school.

Superintendent Peter Gorman gave Dorothy Counts an honorary
diploma yesterday. Counts was visiting what is now Irwin Avenue
Elementary School for a documentary showing.

Fifty years ago, Counts walked through a taunting and spitting crowd as one of four black students trying to integrate Charlotte schools.

She says she now walks through the school's doors feeling accepted.

Counts stayed at Harding for only about a week before her parents took her out for safety reasons. She went on to a year at school in Philadelphia, then graduated from a school in Asheville.


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