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Lloyd Snook

Venable School, Lane High School

I’m thinking back in particular to meetings that we were having in the ’68–’69 school year, when we, with Mr. Eagle’s blessing, said we’re gonna have a student council that just, anybody who wants to get involved, come get involved.  And we would meet in the auditorium.  And it was typically 100, 150 kids there.  And I remember wrangling a lot about what our new constitution was going to look like and trying to make sure that things were as open as we could make them, that you didn’t have to have certain prerequisites before you were allowed to participate, and things like that.  And the result was that we had some fairly intense discussions between people who were substantially more conservative, and folks who were substantially more liberal.  And we wound up, as I recall, with a constitution that we had drafted that was considerably more liberal than what had gone on before.  And again, the whole idea was, if you care enough to come to the meeting, you’re a part of the solution.  And we wanted that attitude to prevail.  And the issues that were mentioned, for example, specifically about Black culture and Black history kinds of things, that didn’t happen.  But there were some activities that were after-school meetings of various sorts.  And I know at least a couple of times, we had some lectures by folks coming in from out of town.  One meeting that strikes me, I think it was a part of the Unity Weekend effort, was somebody from the SCLC came up to talk to us.  And that was all pretty cool, because anything with the SCLC moniker was revolutionary.  That’s right.  Admittedly, it was just a meeting in the Lane High School cafeteria.  But hey, it was a step in the right direction.