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Oral History Interview with Dr. Charlie Yates
Dr. Charlie Yates, Senior Photograph, 1958 Bugle
The First Black Student to Graduate from Virginia Tech
Kennelly: But one wonders on the other hand, if there was any kind of government pressure, federal government pressure to be integrating the schools.
Yates: Well that's a very interesting point because there was no litigation associated with my enrolling here or Irving Peddrew the year before. On the other hand, it was probably--foreseeing that eventually that this would happen anyway and therefore to avoid the publicity associated with blacks enrolling here--that they sort of wanted us to enroll quietly. To keep that reality as quiet as possible.
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