Dr. Thomas Stafford describes what it was like to grow up in Henderson, NC and recalls what it was like to live in a segregated society. Interview on May 3, 2012. (1:24)


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Well I was born and grew up in Henderson, North Carolina. 00:00:00.000 - 00:00:04.212
It's in Vance Co. It's about fifty-five miles north of Raleigh. 00:00:04.212 - 00:00:08.157
ell it was a wonderful place in which to grow up. 00:00:08.157 - 00:00:13.200
You'll notice that I don't like to end a sentence in a preposition. 00:00:13.200 - 00:00:15.878
Back in the 1950s when I grew up there 00:00:15.878 - 00:00:21.430
I thought it was the greatest place in the world, 00:00:21.430 - 00:00:24.746
and then later as I left and had a chance to live in other places I realized that while it was a good place to grow up 00:00:24.746 - 00:00:32.756
it didn't offer a lot of the things that I certainly have enjoyed since I've been at NC State and lived in Wake County. 00:00:32.756 - 00:00:40.904
But, you know, it's a small town, and not only that but, 00:00:40.904 - 00:00:45.754
as you would know, back in the 1950s it was a segregated society 00:00:45.754 - 00:00:52.853
and so all the African Americans went to separate schools, separate churches, 00:00:52.853 - 00:00:57.865
and I think about that a lot now because that's such an important, 00:00:57.865 - 00:01:02.844
or what we try to emphasize with our students here at NC State, 00:01:02.844 - 00:01:06.645
the value of welcoming everybody regardless of your race, your gender, your sexual orientation, or any disability that you may have. 00:01:06.645 - 00:01:16.502

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