William Culp:
I have to be honest with you that I was a little frightened. I was a little uncertain about how I would be received as a teacher. I didn't really have any doubts about the treatment that I would receive from the administration or the faculty, because I had interacted enough during my student teaching experience. But I was a little bit concerned about what would be the reaction of students, and that was sort of the way I approached it, but I was pleasantly surprised that my race didn't seem to make a whole lot of difference to students. Students who would respect the teacher would respect the teacher whether he or she were white or black. Those that were troublemakers were troublemakers and it had little to do with race. I really, I think, found a great deal of acceptance and a certain amount, I think, of grudging respect for someone who would volunteer. It was clear I was one of only about three or four white faculty members that year, that being the last year before integration took place. There were a number of black teachers who had gone to white schools on sort of the same basis. I found a lot of acceptance among everyone, students as well as faculty. Really, after a month or so, I became very comfortable with my situation and really began very quickly to get beyond race. To feel that race, in that particular situation where all the students were black and most all the faculty was black as well, very quickly began to feel that race was not an issue, at least not for the folks that were at West Charlotte.

- 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.