John Love, Jr. :
I think I gained a more realistic sense of how the world works outside of my own community that I grew up in. I think I gained a sense and skills about how to deal with a variety of different people that are coming to a situation with a variety of different issues, agendas, needs, wants, desires, that whole thing. I learned the importance of remaining true to self, and remaining true to my ideals and ways of doing things and things that I knew or felt were right, of, while questioning but not totally dismantling it every minute, my moral compass, if you will. And being brave and challenging the things that need to be challenged or need to be thought about. All of that kind of stuff. I mean, the lessons were pretty huge.

- John W. Love, Jr., West Charlotte High School

Interview with John W. Love, Jr. by Pamela Grundy, February 17, 1999, Interview K-0172, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.