Two Siblings, Two Schools, Two Stories
Lou and Lolita Brown are brother and sister, born about eight years apart - just a big enough separation to give them very different life experiences.
Lolita was one of the last students to go through the Pinellas County School system prior to integration, while her younger brother Lou was one of the first to go through desegregation. Lolita graduated from Gibbs High in the early 60s, which, at the time was an all-black high school. In the 70s however, Lou was bused to Dixie Hollins.
On this edition of StoryCorps Tampa Bay, we hear how those differences played out, and how, in many ways, integration made for a much more difficult high school experience.
When teachers ask this fall, “What did you do on your summer vacation?” nearly four dozen Tampa teenagers will answer, “I spent it at the James A. Haley VA Hospital.”
For more than a decade, Haley has been operating a summer Youth Volunteer program that gives teenagers insight into health care careers while at the same time helping veterans.
The Junior League of St. Petersburg's annual back to school initiative. Students in grades K-12 registered to attend Pinellas County schools in 2014-2015 are eligible to receive free medical exams (physicals), immunizations (immunization record required), vision screenings and dental exams.