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    Tracey Curtis recalled his early years of segregated schooling at Bibb County’s all-black Green Street Elementary and concluded “separate was not equal.” Looking at today, Curtis questions whether white families who have fled to private schools are really getting a better education. Curtis is a member of Central High School’s class of 1977 and was among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in integrated schools. He spoke at his 40-year class reunion at Healy Point Country Club, Nov. 4, 2017.

Tracey Curtis recalled his early years of segregated schooling at Bibb County’s all-black Green Street Elementary and concluded “separate was not equal.” Looking at today, Curtis questions whether white families who have fled to private schools are really getting a better education. Curtis is a member of Central High School’s class of 1977 and was among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in integrated schools. He spoke at his 40-year class reunion at Healy Point Country Club, Nov. 4, 2017. Grant Blankenship, Laura Fong and Adam Ragusea Center for Collaborative Journalism
Tracey Curtis recalled his early years of segregated schooling at Bibb County’s all-black Green Street Elementary and concluded “separate was not equal.” Looking at today, Curtis questions whether white families who have fled to private schools are really getting a better education. Curtis is a member of Central High School’s class of 1977 and was among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in integrated schools. He spoke at his 40-year class reunion at Healy Point Country Club, Nov. 4, 2017. Grant Blankenship, Laura Fong and Adam Ragusea Center for Collaborative Journalism

They were among the first to integrate. Here's what Central High's class of '77 learned

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    Kenneth Williams recalls how his father voluntarily integrated his sons into Bibb County’s Pearl Stephens Elementary School. Williams said he and his brothers used to run home from school to avoid being drawn into fights with white children, until their father said, “You're gonna go to that school, so you might as well stand up and fight because you're going back!” Williams is a member of Central High School’s class of 1977 and was among the first Macon children to spend all or most of their school years in integrated schools. He spoke at his 40-year class reunion at Healy Point Country Club, Nov. 4, 2017.