In her four interviews with Cynthia Wilson on January 22, 1979, James D. Mackey on April 29, 1981, Paul Finkelstein on September 4, 1994, and Robert Ryals on September 12, 2012, Cynthia Roddey shares her experiences at Winthrop from 1964-1967. Roddey details the process of applying to Winthrop, the reaction she received from the Winthrop and Rock Hill community, and her participation in student life. Roddey includes her insight on race relations today and her hopes for the future. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.
Former band director at Emmett Scott School (1941-1971) and former principal at Sunset Park Elementary, Frontis Brooks discusses his childhood, family, educational experiences at South Carolina State College, new instruments that he learned, his years in the U.S. Army, work at Emmett Scott in Rock Hill, teaching band, working with the Senior Citizen Band, integration, religion, and his definition of creativity and life’s philosophy.
Arnetta Gladden Mackey
In her two interviews with Martha Williams on August 1975 and Steve McKnight on April 30, 1981, Arnetta Gladden Mackey shares her experience coming to Winthrop as one of the first black students after the school integrated. Mackey recalls the reaction she received from students, faculty, and members of the Rock Hill community. Mackey finally lends her answer to the question of whether or not she would do it all over again. This interview was conducted for inclusion into the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections Oral History Program.