Janet S. Gamble and Delores A. Crowder oral history interview 2, 2004 February 23
In this second of two interviews, Mecklenburg County natives Janet Gamble and Delores Crowder discuss their private family lives, the Derita neighborhood in Charlotte, and their elementary school experiences attending the all-black Rockwell Rosenwald School during the 1940s-1950s. The two women discuss the Derita neighborhood in northwest Charlotte during the mid twentieth century, in particular, healthcare providers, business owners, community leaders and the role of local churches. Ms. Gamble and Ms. Crowder then briefly discuss their educational experiences attending the segregated Rockwell Rosenwald School and Torrence-Lytle School and how they received second hand educational resources from the white schools. They also share their thoughts on integration, which began in Charlotte after they both graduated from school in the early 1970s. Bringing the conversation up to date for the time of the interview, they reflect that there had been a move away from busing to achieve racially balanced schools towards school assignments based on neighborhood in the 2000s.