About Me

My name is Kyle Dixon and I’m the creator of this blog!  I created this blog to go along with my website, http://www.cchistory.org/kyle, which documents the history school school integration in Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, and Talbot Counties in Maryland.  The website won an award in the 2008 Maryland History Day for “Excellence in African-American History”.

I live in Cecil County and I’m also a senior in high school. In school, I am active in the band and write for the school newspaper.   After graduation, I plan on going to college and become a History Teacher.  I hope to major in History, minor in Theatre, and get my Secondary Education Certification.  I’m currently looking at Washington College and McDaniel College.  I really like the History and Teacher Ed. programs at both colleges and I feel like I would be content attending either one!  I also have a part time job writing for Cecil Soil Magazine where I have a column called “Cecil County Yearbook”.  In this, I interview people who graduated from schools in the county and write about their memories.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  If you have any questions leave comments on here, and i’ll get back to you asap.

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2 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Kyle, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed you site regarding integration. I was in the 7th grade in 1964, in Harford County. My class of ’69 was the first fully intigrated class to graduate. I witnessed and lived this from a unique position.

    Prior to 1964, I lived near the local (white) elementary school. In the Summers, many of the black kids would play on the same playground with me and my friends. Many of us knew each other fairly well. When September came and we went back to school, I never saw the black kids since they were going to what was referred to as the “Consolidated Schools”.

    When 1964 rolled around and all the blacks began attending (what was previously) the white High school, there was lots of fights & tension. However, for me and a few others, we already knew many of the blacks and were friends from our previous playground experiences. For students not exosed to my situation, their racial prejudices were also aimed at me and others like me (eventhough we were white). We were considered “N—- lovers”. We were looked down on by other students and some teachers as well. It was a hurtful label that I wore all the way through graduation day.

    If anyone trys to sell you on the integration days as a time when we all sat around singing folk songs, they’re stretching the truth.

    Remember, Martin Luther King was a believer in “Desegregation”, not “Integration”. There’s a big difference!

  2. Hello Kyle,

    You have a wonderful blog.
    I stumbled upon it while trying to dig up info on African Americans in Cecil County.

    My 2nd great grandfather, John Stevenson/Stephenson, may have been born there. His father may have been Nelson Stephenson (sometimes spelled Stephanson).

    My questions to you are, have you come across any elder Stephensons still living in Cecil county? Can you suggest any books that might reference African Americans in your area?

    You can find out more about my 2nd great grandfather (and me) on my blog at http://george-geder.blogspot.com.

    Peace,
    “Guide by the Ancestors”

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