Several new items from Charlotte Mecklenburg Library are now available online. These items tell the story of two Queen City community colleges and the social issues surrounding them– specifically Carver College and Charlotte College.
The materials in this batch document the conversation surrounding several bond elections held in Charlotte in the late 1950’s to the early 1960’s. These bond elections centered on a debate about whether Charlotte should have two community colleges– one for white students and one for black students. The report “Should Charlotte Build Two Community Colleges?” summarizes the arguments on both sides and gives a detailed narrative about how various stakeholders in the education community responded to social changes in North Carolina during the 1960’s.
These items could be excellent primary source documents for educators constructing curriculum about the civil rights movement in North Carolina.
View all of the new documents at the links below:
- Education Committee Resolution
- Carver College and Charlotte College Bond Election Advertisement
- Information on Carver College [1949-1958]
- Should Charlotte Build Two Community Colleges?
- Data for the Big Date
You can see more information about Carver College by browsing their materials in the North Carolina Yearbooks Collection. You can learn more about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library by visiting their contributor page or their website.