A look back on segregation in schools

Hidden History

ODESSA, TEXAS (Big 2/ Fox 24) – A prominent woman in our community gives us a perspective on how times have changed.  Cleopatra Callaway has been elected twice the Ector County Treasurer and has been a staple in the office for more than two decades.

Things have changed a lot since here family came to the basin in the 1930’s.  She attended Blackshear High School.  At the time, the only high school in Odessa African American children could attend.  Despite the progress, she says more still needs to be done.

“We still have a long way to go but with the effort of everyone, not only blacks but every race.  If we will look at each other with respect, we can make a change,” said Callaway.

Blackshear High School closed in 1966 after nationwide integration of schools.

We’ll continue to bring you more stories from across the Basin keeping Black History alive. Tune in for a special show called “Hidden History – Honoring Black History.” It airs Sunday, February 16th at noon on Big 2.

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