Victoria began integration before Civil Rights Act

March 31, 2013 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 30, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

Concerning a story in the Jan. 17 Victoria Advocate, last year there was a piece written about a former black student. The same information was given that VISD did not integrate until 1966. I called the Advocate and informed the gentleman that the blacks started attending public school in 1960. I was in the ninth grade at Crain Junior High. I was told he would have the reporter contact me. Well, guess what? Never heard from them - surprise, surprise.

Two of the students were in our school band. In fact, we voted Bobby Green to be our drum major. This was before the Civil Rights Act. Because Victoria had no protests, police intervention, barricades, etc., this does not make for very good "news." Just because you try to change history does not make it correct. My friends and I loved to watch Gross's school band, the Bumblebees, in their maroon and gold uniforms, in our local parades - yes, they were integrated, too. They always put on a show and outdid the white schools.

I don't know what took place in 1966 - the closing of F.W. Gross High?

On another note, I thought Stewart, in a recent letter to the editor, was being facetious. Then I realized he was serious. First of all, the money given to a welfare recipient is not a free gift. It is given by the taxpayer to provide food, shelter and clothing to the elderly, disabled and the lazy. The food money is to last all month, so they can buy a whole chicken instead of parts, hamburger instead of chopped sirloin and round steak instead of sirloin. That way the food will last all month, and you don't only eat for a week. Then what do you do? Oh, I forgot; there's Christ's Kitchen, the food bank and the local churches. They have it made!

Simone Tipton, Victoria



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