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This interview was conducted by Jackson Martin with Barbarba M. Boulware as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Mrs. Boulware discusses the challenges she faced as an educator during the Civil Rights Era and shares her experiences as a Black woman in the South, notably her triumphs in the face of racism and adversity. Boulware underscores the influence of the Civil Rights Movement on historically Black sororities and fraternities like her own, Delta Sigma Theta, and how each collaborated to advance social change. She also highlights the crucial role of Black women in society, especially politics, and goes on to give her perspective on the modern-day efforts to ensure the civil rights of all Americans. Notable topics of conversation include race, racism, race relations, civil rights, police brutality, political and social activism, Black women, Greek life, the Divine 9, education, urban renewal, and the city of Rock Hill.

Barbara Ann Murray Boulware (b. 1940) is a former educator and administrator in the Rock Hill School District. A 1958 graduate of Emmett Scott High School, Ms. Boulware went on to earn degrees from Hampton University (B.S., 1962) and Winthrop College (M.A.T., 1973). She first taught math and science at Castle Heights Elementary School (1963-70) and later moved to Northwestern High School where she served as both a science instructor (1970-81) and assistant principal (1981-1995). After retiring, she temporarily served as interim personnel director for Rock Hill School District in 1997. She is also a longtime chair and trustee of the York County Public Library.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.).”

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Civil Rights Movement, Black Women, Race, Education, Rock Hill School District, Divine 9, Delta Sigma Theta


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