William Hamlin:
And then, I think, in the later '70s things began to start mellowing out. There was an initiative throughout the whole community that, "We want to make this situation work." You know? And in talking with children of affluent parents, at the time, their parents really made a sacrifice. They said, "Look. If I'm going be a leader in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, I'm going to lead not only in "the white community" but I'm going to lead on social issues. And they made their - they derived in a way mechanisms by which their children would be bussed just like any other kid and they were going to be going to those schools. And, I think that's when it began to turn the corner. Because it showed whether you were at the top or the bottom, everybody was going to be affected by integration, you know. I think the mood began to change even though there was some other resistance in other quarters of the community. I think, at that point, we began to turn the corner.

- William Hamlin, West Charlotte High School, Class of 1963

Interview with William Hamlin by Pamela Grundy, May 29, 1998, Interview K-0169, in the Southern Oral History Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.