William Culp:
Well, I thought it would in particular create a community environment that I thought would be more positive. That it would create more of a feeling of unity in the community. That it would be an opportunity for people to reach across artificial barriers and be able to meet and interact with each other, and that it would create a stronger economic and political environment than we had had during segregation. And the other thing was, it was just the right thing to do. It was something that was moral. It was something that I felt strongly needed to happen in order for us to begin to move to the point in time when we can get beyond race, when race will be perhaps not an issue and perhaps not something that we have to concern ourselves with. So I think that my feeling was that I wanted my children to grow up in a real world, a world that existed in reality as opposed to some sort of fantasy. My feeling has always been that kids, particularly in an urban community, who don't go to integrated schools simply miss out on a lot of what's real about the urban environment. They're not very well prepared to deal with the real world when they become adults. I felt like this was an opportunity for my children at least to have a better understanding of the world and of people and to therefore be more successful in life. I never really thought of it as a social experiment. I thought of it as something that's time was overdue, not just due. And so for at least my family it was something that was a commitment that we made, that we wanted to do something during our life to make the world a better place to live and to help people learn to understand and to get along better. So integration in the schools was simply one part of that that was important.

- William Culp, teacher at West Charlotte High School, 1969-70

Interview with William Culp by Pamela Grundy, February 19, 1999, Interview K-0277, in the Southern Oral History Program Collection #4007, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Full text of interview.