From an editorial in the Dunbar Senior High News Reel:
Tumbling from the buses, trekking up the sidewalks, swinging into the parking garage, a racial mixture of black and white primarily, both male and female, spanning the ages of 14 to 60, they come daily to the first black high school in the country.
For what reason do 1,700 people travel to Dunbar daily from Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast?
Some would say they come to play football. Some to march in a parade, Some to socialize. Some to learn. Some to earn. Some for all or nearly all of the above. . . .
Coming to school every day invests their most precious treasure, time. Coming daily calls for time's twin: commitment. With that time and commitment, these hundreds will develop into the physical, mental, social people that each one wants to be and that a free society demands. Above all, they will have the lives they desire.
Will their lives really be what they desire? Racially they cannot change; sexually they cannot vary; aging they cannot stop. Two things, however, each possesses that he does control . . . how much time he gives Dunbar and how he uses his time at Dunbar.
One by one, these 1,700 . . . will measure the time invested and weigh the commitment given. Each day this year, one by one, these 1,700, based on how each measures time and weighs commitment, must answer the question, "Is my life what I desire?" with a resounding "Yes" or a murmured "No."
Daily, each will know if he is building community and life at Dunbar. Five years from now, looking at our community, we shall know if enough shouted "Yes."