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Black History Month at SHS: Spotlight on Cynthia Reid Wills

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As Spartanburg High School celebrates Black History Month, Spartanburg native and former District 7 student Cynthia Reid Wells visited with students on Tuesday, February 12th in the Media Center at SHS.


The author of "Content of Character: The Diary of a Young Black Girl" spoke about her experience as one of the first African American students to integrate in the 1960's.  She reminded students that Black History Month is "right now" and that "integration is only as old as I am."  She celebrates the pioneers of this movement and brings a personal perspective on what it is like to grow up locally in District 7.  

Spartanburg High School teachers who brought their classes for the presentation hoped that students would be inspired by her message.   Ms. Reid Wills attended Carver High School which later became Carver Junior High School after the high school integrated with Spartanburg High.