Derryle Peace, Oral History
This is an oral history interview with Derryle Peace. It was conducted on January 6, 2010 at the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus. The interviewers are James Conrad and Shannon Carter.
This interview focuses on Derryle Peace's memories of growing up in Dallas during school desegregation and his experiences as a Black student on the East Texas State University (ETSU) campus during the 1970s.
Derryle Peace was born on May 3, 1962 in Dallas, Texas. He was raised by his grandparents in the North Park area near Love Field airport and the Coca-Cola plant. Peace felt very connected to his neighborhood. Peace recalls that desegregation of schools began when he was in middle school. Teachers tried to prepare students for the transition as best they could.
Peace began attending East Texas State University (ETSU) in 1970. He was active in the Civil Rights movement, particularly within the university community. He was also a member of the Mt. Moriah Temple Baptist Church. He recalls efforts to improve the racial climate on campus, such as the establishment of a voluntary inter-racial housing experience, with the goal of creating an environment of understanding. His time at ETSU also saw the arrival of influential black faculty members, such as Ivory Moore, David Arlington Talbot, and J. Mason Brewer.
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Special Collections and University Archives
Peace, Derryle; Carter, Shannon; Conrad, James; and Converging Literacies Center, "Derryle Peace, Oral History" (2010-01-06). All Oral Histories. 44.
Segregation in education; East Texas State University; African Americans -- History;
Norris Community; Texas A&M University-Commerce; TAMUC; ETSU