Author and alum visits Carver for Black History Month
Carver AVID students learned a little about local black history with author and Carver alum Cynthia Reid Wills.
Reid Wills was among the first black students to attend integrated schools in Spartanburg in 1970. Inspired by her childhood diary, she wrote the book "Content of Character" published in 1998, based on her struggles with changing schools and anomosity from students of both colors. She later produced an independent film version of the book.
Reid Wills' presentation coupled national events in black history, such as the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the "I Have a Dream" speech with events taking place in her life in downtown Spartanburg. Students of all grades were engaged and asked questions about her life.
Reid Wills also had lunch with Carver's book club, where we discussed our favorite stories and the writing process. We also talked about ghost writing and promotional writing for others.