For Lewis Smith of Troy, racism during the period of desegregation of local schools didn’t happen often, but it did happen. It was significant enough that Smith, a child who was 10 years old at the time, can recall the events with vivid detail. Smith and his family had just moved from Mt. Gilead to Troy. “My father built us a house in Springdale Heights,” Smith stated.
Smith said even though he was young and didn’t experience a lot of racism, he was aware of what was happening. “I always tell people that two things of importance in my life happened in 1968. Dr. King was killed and I turned 10 years old.
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