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Chloe J. Coney and Bernadine White King
Chloe J. Coney and Bernadine White King

Chloe Coney relates the determination that she felt as a 13-year-old in the 1960s as one of a few black children called upon to integrate Tampa’s public schools. “I must do this,’’ the teen told her worried mother without hesitation. Coney, King and others like them found inspiration and encouragement in the words of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Their example provided the strength necessary to help open the doors of all public establishments to all people.

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Music credits: What’s Going On/Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler), Marvin Gaye, Motown records

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