Black History Month


Celestine Hayes stands in front of Hickman High School, which she attended in 1957 as one of the first desegregated students in Columbia. Photo by Asa Lory

In honor of Black History month, Bearing News reached out to members of the community to find stories representative of struggles and opportunities African-Americans have had.
When the Little Rock Nine marched up the stairs to attend their newly integrated school in 1957, Celestine Hayes was already a few steps ahead.
As one of six African-Americans to attend Hickman High School in 1957 a few years after Columbia Public Schools desegregated, Hayes has fond memories of her time in high school…
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