Kent Merritt headshot

Kent Merritt

Lane High School

It was more about all of it.  It was voter registration as a subsection of not being in charge of any social activities in Lane High School or just the integration, period.  We weren’t allowed to vote, so we couldn’t, of course, register to vote, but we supported the effort to get people to vote.  But a large part of that was the fact that we had integrated.  Burley had come over.  They were not in charge of any clubs.  They weren’t in student government.  The kids didn’t have anything.  They were in charge of everything at Burley before, and now they have nothing.  And the administration did not seem to understand that, nor have a solution to cure that, so the only way that we could show our frustration was to walk out of school to demonstrate, which is the only peaceful way to do that these days.