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Baker Integration

Created on: 05/26/11 03:51 PM Views: 339 Replies: 10
Baker Integration
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 10:51 AM

RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Hello Everyone!

Tyrene Hall Hickman '76 sent an email to our site with this question:

"hey,
once again i dont know if terry is the one reading this, but one time we talked about what year baker integrated...and what year did they start busing...i'm not sure if its one and the same or different years...but i need the year/years for both if someone could tell me please, i need it as soon as possible we are putting info about baker on something for our reunion next weekend.....thank you!!! :)
tyrene"

I'm pretty sure it wasn't my freshmen year 1970 but think it may have been my sophmore year 1971..... Any thoughts? Confirmations, etc.... Thanks! Tez

♥ Tez ?

 
 

 
RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:16 AM

TEZ...In the 1968 annual, there are black students.  I do not have a 1967 annual, however, which would have been my freshman year.  I do remember in 1970 there was much strife about the busing.  I think it had to be between the years of 1968 and 1970.  But, that's not much help, is it?

 
 
 
RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Thanks Linda. We also had black students at Eddy Jr High with us in 68 and 69. They were Military brats just like most of us. The integration and busing was a local "happening" where the all black schools were mixed in with what were considered "white" schools although we did have some black students whose fathers were active duty military (or perhaps retired) - at least this is my understanding.

During the integration/busing time, black teachers also joined our faculty staff, I believe for the first time.

♥ Tez ?

 

 
RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

Information about integration in MCSD

http://mgagnon.myweb.uga.edu/students/3090/04FA3090-hanink.htm

 
RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:33 AM

TEZ...I have sent you an email in regards to this topic.

 

 

 

 
RE: Bakerville USA, Impromptu Chat, MAY 2011
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11:38 AM

Thanks so much, Linda. With the date being 7 Sep 1971, this makes it the Class year of 1972. Thanks for looking this up for us.

♥ Tez ?

 

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 03:49 PM
Kudos to Linda for that detailed information. Geez, if I ever need anything researched I know who I'm going to ask haha... Must be that Solitude of good living in the Low Country and the Inspiration of the River. =0)~

David

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Thursday, May 26, 2011 07:26 PM

No I hate to admit it but she's that smart!!!!!!!!

Pete Mailman '74

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Friday, May 27, 2011 08:31 AM

 Thank you so much everyone for your help! I must say I'm still a little confused but, then it doesn't take that much to confuse me sometimes, haha! So...is it 1971 from what I understand and read in the articles? I know some have said in the 60"s but as far as full out bussing and integration it was 71?  Someone mentioned before our Freshman year which would have been 72 is when whey started busing in from some of the Black schools over to Baker...All this said I wanted to make sure we included this date in our Baker Facts, because if this hadn't had happened...well, then...we would all have missed out on knowing some amazing people!

I know my seasons. Smile

 
Edited 05/27/11 08:32 AM
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Friday, May 27, 2011 12:09 PM

 Wow...after reading some more, and one of the larger articles Linda posted, I just have to say reading some of it just makes me sad. For me personally, I have never "seen" color even when I was a little girl... or understood how much "color" rather it be black or white can seem to stand out to people. Hopefully, one day people will be colorblind.

I know my seasons. Smile

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Saturday, May 28, 2011 05:00 PM

David and Pete....I don't have a comeback other than what a nice complement.  Actually, all I did was Google.  Tyrene, it is a sad history.  We just have to work to see each other with respect no matter what color, race or creed.  I hope you were able to gather the information you needed for your class's reunion.  Have fun, ya'll. 

And TEZ...you know how I feel about you.  We wouldn't be united today as a group, if you had not created this website. Many thanks to you.

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:38 PM

 Thanks again for helping with the info Linda! We are VERY excited about the Reunion Celebration!!! Thank you for the happy wishes!  and Linda is so right Terry! Thanks to you, we are all connected to one another again  and more thanks for your dedication to Baker. Haha! I ask my share of question and for your help, that's for sure. 

I know my seasons. Smile

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Tuesday, August 9, 2011 01:44 PM

Bill Turman, Class of 1965.  I was an ROTC Squad leader in 1964.  Bob Leonard, one of first three black students, was in my squad.  I believe we started integrating with Bob, a fellow named Larry and a female black student in 1964.  I know Bob and Larry are in the 1965 Annual.

 

 

 
RE: Baker Integration
Posted Thursday, September 4, 2014 05:33 PM

 

 


William Earl Turman wrote:

Bill Turman, Class of 1965.  I was an ROTC Squad leader in 1964.  Bob Leonard, one of first three black students, was in my squad.  I believe we started integrating with Bob, a fellow named Larry and a female black student in 1964.  I know Bob and Larry are in the 1965 Annual.

Yes in 1965 Robert Leonard and Larry Smith was two first Black Students attend the all white Muscogee County School District. Dr. William Kirby was the Principal and who later became the Supertindant of Acedemic of Muscogee County School District. Thanks you Gentlement Columbus was able to move forward by uniting the City of Columbus thru Ethicity culture exchange.

The City must remember Baker High in its City history with it contribution of Equal Education for all.

What a Job well done 50 yrs since the door open for Equality Education for all Ethical Group.

THIS IS LIONS PRIDE.

 

 

 
Baker Integration
Posted Saturday, December 27, 2014 11:31 PM

Wayne Grimes, class of '65. They started integration with the senior class of '65. Robert Leonard and Larry Smith were the first. I was also thinking there was a girl, but I'm not sure she graduated with the class. I believe the next year they integrated lower grades and worked down through the grades until integration was accomplished all the way through.

 
Edited 12/27/14 11:41 PM
Baker Integration
Posted Sunday, August 23, 2020 10:52 AM

Baker High was integrated at the start of the 63/64 school year, there were 4 girls from Carver who were enrolled. I remember talking with a network news reporter who told me where to stand to get my picture on the newsreel. Each night I turned on the news looking fot the story, but, since it was so uneventful the video was never broadcast. So much for my moment of fame, lol. Having also attended Baker in the first grade, this is something, I remember with clarity. I am surpised that no one else remembers this event, the camera was positioned to the exit of the driveway loop adjacent to Victory Drive. This all happened very quickly, the car stopping with the 4 girls exiting and their being escorted into the school in less than a minute. We were not the first school in Georgia to integrat, as a year earlier, 4 in Atlanta were integrated. That link is to long to type in, so you will need to do a google search, as we cannot cut and paste.

But I have included the link to Baker High below:

Reference: "The Long And Winding Road" book on integretation  in Georgia, use the following link to access a preface to the book:

http://www.jstor.org/stable/40584445?seq-1

Update, during the 1964-5 school year, the first black male student attended our school, he is the only one during that school year, I remember passing him in the hallway between classes.

 
Edited 02/03/21 04:27 PM