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Alice WilsonAlice Monyette Wilson

Alice Wilson was a music teacher in the New Jersey public schools. Her own school experience, though, began in the segregated schools of her native Graves County in western Kentucky. After the 1965 Supreme Court desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education, she began attending Mayfield High School.

Wilson was one of 10 black students who were ready to begin the ninth grade and decided on their own to register at Mayfield. While they were allowed to attend, they often felt ignored by their teachers and were taunted by white students, some of whom staged protests outside the school. But the experience taught Wilson that black students would benefit from equal access to resources that an integrated public school education provided.

After graduation, Wilson enrolled in Hampton Institute in Virginia, where she also participated in community marches and sit-ins.

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