The young Black man stood against the backdrop of Trinity United Methodist Church on Robertsville Road in the late afternoon. Jefferson Avenue stretched across the way. It was the summer of 1963 and the picketers had gathered again outside the MultiMatic Laundry at the end of the West Mall and Market Area in Jefferson Center. Their goal: integrate the laundromat.
Most of the picketers were white, but some of the young man’s neighbors participated. Sometimes he’d stop and watch the picketers on his way home from work in Oak Ridge to his wife and small children in Scarboro, the area designated for Black citizens when the city was built…
CLICK HERE to continue reading this article (PART 2 in my series The Integration of Oak Ridge: A unique perspective in the Oak Ridger newspaper.
What a thrill to read Dr. James E. Spicer’s response to my first article in the Oak Ridger newspaper. It was one of Dr. Spicer’s stories of integrating Oak Ridge that drew me to learn more and write on the Integration of Oak Ridge. He and my father-in-law, Rev. Roy Colby Sr., best friends and lifelong Civil Rights activists, worked together to aid integration while co-ministers of Chapel on the Hill, Oak Ridge TN in the 1960s. You may read Dr. Spicer’s piece and also link to part 1 in my series here: Commentary on the Integration of Oak Ridge.
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