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Vincent Kinney

Keswick Elementary School, Burley, and Albemarle High School

Vincent Kinney: I had become aware by then that things were not right in the community. There were activities going on, and I had, during that summer, actually taken part in a march. There was a restaurant, Buddy’s Restaurant (overlapping dialogue; inaudible). 

Phyllis Leffler: Yes.

Vincent Kinney: (laughs) And my dad and several other people, both Reverend Johnson, Reverend R.A. Johnson, Reverend Henry Floyd Johnson, had demonstrated at Buddy’s Restaurant out there on 29. And Reverend Henry Floyd had gotten beaten up one time, and the climate in the county had changed from, there was awareness and activism at that time, and that was between my junior and senior year. So, I went and marched with them the next day. My parents allowed me to do that, and so I had now become involved. As I recall, there was probably some weeks later when they had gotten together and decided that they were going to integrate the schools, and I volunteered, told my dad I wanted to go. Why? Because I knew how important it was then, and so I said, “Yes, I want to go.” My sister volunteered at the same time, and I asked her not to come.