I cast my vote in the historic Garnet High school. I felt a great purpose thinking of all the greats who have walked its halls. Garnet High School served as one of three black high schools in Kanawha County, WV and provided a vital cultural tie to members of the community.
I know that my ability to vote in the building was my first and possibly last. The building is set to close and will no longer be used as a career center.
Many are rallying to convert the building to a museum or anything that will continue its legacy.
I was honored that so many asked, “Can Black by God help?”
I sure hope so.
Throughout the era of segregation, Garnet High School provided an excellent education for its students despite the limitations which developed under the “separate but equal” system.
The school produced many notable alumni including the Reverend Leon Sullivan, medical pioneer John C. Norman, Jr., Ivin Lee, the first woman to head a police department in West Virginia, and the great journalist and TV personality Tony Brown.
This primary was full of Black candidates across the state who bravely put their names on the ballot.
Congratulations to all !
In the words of Henry Highland Garnet the namesake of Garnet High, “Resistance! Resistance! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance!”
Meet the resistance below.