10s Play About Integration

A play by the 10s about integration was performed at an assembly in 1957, and then later at the high school. Teacher Mimi Levy transcribed phrases from class discussions of integration and turned their words into the script, which was reprinted in The Compleat Parent (a Parents Association publication), along with a letter from a parent about her experience watching the play.

Read the play and the letter here:

10s Play About Integration

*NOTE: LREI has long honored what we know today as Black History Month, which was called “Negro History Week” in the 1950s. The term “Negro,” which appears in the document, was in widespread use by Civil Rights activists and others who looked to celebrate African American history during the 1950s. Although many people accepted the term in the 1950s, activists in the 1960s and 1970s argued for the term “Black,” and in the 1980s for the term “African American.” By the 1970s the word “Negro” was widely viewed as an insult or a term of derision, and the news media (eg, the New York Times) and other mainstream institutions had largely stopped using it by the end of that decade.

**NOTE: The photograph above is from a different play about integration put on by lower school students in the 1950s, and is representative of student plays from the time.