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Oral History Interview with Dr. Charlie Yates

Dr. Charlie Yates

Dr. Charlie Yates, Senior Photograph, 1958 Bugle

The First Black Student to Graduate from Virginia Tech

Dr. Charlie Yates
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Date of Interview:
September 13, 2000
Location of Interview:
Media Building, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Tamara Kennelly
Susan Cook
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Interview Excerpt:

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.

Dr. Charlie Yates Oral History Interview Transcript

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    Left to right: Matthew Winston, Essex Finney, Charlie Yates, and Lindsay Cherry.

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