chapter  IV
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Flush Times, 1920-1930

Mrs.Staplesandherfive-year-olddaughterYJeanproudlyenteredtheoffice ofLongfellow/RooseveltschoolprincipalJ.W.Standley,nearTwenty-fifth andJacksoninSeptember1927,anxioustogethispermissionforYJeanto enterthefirstgrade,ratherthankindergarten.Hermothermentionedthat shecouldalreadyreadandwrite,whichlittleYJeanreadilydemonstrated. Surprisedandpleased,Standleyadmittedthatshecertainlyqualifiedforthe firstgradeanddirectedthemacrossthesanddunetotheall-blackRoosevelt Annexschool.YJeancouldnotattendthemostlywhiteLongfellowschool, hermotherwasinformed,becauseitwouldsoonbeclosed.Accordingto Standley,whowaswhite,"yourleadershaverequestedtheirownschools. ThisentirecenterwillbeforNegrochildren."Mrs.Stapleswasastonished, declaringthatshehadleftthesouthbecauseofsegregationandwasnot abouttoacceptitnow.Butshehadnochoice.1