PART 2: The Integration of Oak Ridge ~ The Secret City

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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CLICK HERE to read (PART 2 in my series The Integration of Oak Ridge: A unique perspective in the Oak Ridger newspaper.

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Author: Rachael M. Colby

Born and raised in Jamaica, award-winning writer Rachael M. Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, beach bum, artist, work in progress, avid Tweeter—#HealthyFaithChat leader, Rachael writes to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost. She connects culture’s questions with Christianity’s answers, inspires faith, and motivates through articles, devotions, poetry, and interviews. She has a heart for racial reconciliation and to uplift those who serve in tough places. Her work has appeared on Southern Ohio Christian Voice, Inkspirations Online, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Blog, in the compilation books Creative Writing Journal: Faith Inspired Writing Prompts & Hope-Filled Poetry, The Courage to Write: 62 devotions to Encourage your Writing Journey, and Defining Moments: Memorable and Inspiring Stories from Outstanding Leaders, and the Oak Ridger newspaper. She runs on copious amounts of coffee and chocolate and a whole lot of "Help me, Jesus." Her WIPS include a compilation of her family’s and others’ stories of their work as civil rights activists (adult and children’s books), and a devotional for writers. You can connect with Rachael on her website,—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, and on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

4 thoughts on “PART 2: The Integration of Oak Ridge ~ The Secret City”

  1. Such a sad time in our nation’s history! As you continue to uncover stories through your research and interviews, I hope it helps to heal the physical, emotional, and spiritual atrocities that mar our past. May God’s blessing be on you as you search out and write truth.


    1. Amen, Ben. An may it enlighten us as to how to navigate our times now with wisdon, compassion, and love, to bridge the divide and remind us if we are to prosper on all fronts it wil be as we are one nation under God.


  2. Amen Ms. Rachael. It’s when we forget, or choose to ignore, history that we find ourselves repeating the same mistakes of the past. What has always amazed me is how such behaviors continue to be taught today. When you look at little children playing together, they don’t think about color, equality, diversity, race, etc.; they’re just enjoying being with one another. A few years later, we see these same young people having very little to do with their former playmates. Why is that? I believe it’s because too many folks of all races and ethnicities are teaching their children by the way they are living their lives. We stop it when people recognize what they’re doing to their legacy generations and decide to STOP IT! God’s blessings ma’am; and thank you and Mr. Ray for preserving history so that future generations can learn from it.


    1. Amen, JD. May we model as Christ would have us – righteousness, compassion, truth with love. Honored to write for God and under Mr. Ray Smith. Please pray I serve well and as God wills, and that He uses our work to touch and change lives.


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