Elizabeth Samuel Weinstein oral history interview 2, 2004 April 9
In this second interview, Elizabeth Weinstein discusses her childhood growing up in Derita (now a neighborhood in Charlotte), North Carolina and her career as an educator in New York City. She describes how it was her mother and her Christian upbringing that let her to persevere in the face of racism, and explains that while the white and black communities were officially segregated, there were numerous small-scale and informal ways people's lives were integrated. Mrs. Weinstein discusses her career in the New York City public school system, including her first experience teaching an integrated class and her style of leadership as a principal. Other topics discussed include the love and respect students had for their teachers at Rockwell, the physical layout of Rosenwald schools, her time at Barber-Scotia College and Columbia University's Teachers College, challenges facing teachers at the time of the interview, and the ways Charlotte has changed since Mrs. Weinstein's return to the city.