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Fred McCoy Fought For Change During Integration in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

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Fred McCoy of Amite, Louisiana was a man who was determined to leave the cotton fields and farm life to teach in the classroom. Fred dropped out of school to go into the military, he served in the Korea War. After he was discharged from the service, he came back to Amite, La., and went back to school. He attended the Amite Color School in Amite, LA., It wasn't easy for him. He was ridiculed by his teachers for being the oldest student in the classroom. Mr. Martin, the school principal encouaged Fred to continue to get his education. He went to night school and got his GED, and went on to attend Southern University and majored in Social Studies. He taught at West Side Elementary, Big Zion and later became the Principal of Midway Elementary School in Natalbany, LA., 

Please join host Antoinette Harrell  his lovely wife Vernia McCoy as she discuss the legacy of Fred McCoy.