Albany educator reflects on teaching during Civil Rights Movement

Albany educator reflects on teaching during Civil Rights Movement
Rubye Hampton.

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An educator for 35 years in the Dougherty County School System, Rubye Hampton taught during one of the most crucial chapters in America’s history — the Civil Rights Movement.

Hampton taught junior high students at Carver, South Side, and Monroe High School.

Hampton told WALB during the Civil Rights Movement, teachers were discouraged from participating in marches, but they did attend meetings with leaders in the Albany movements.

Rubye Hampton reflects on teaching during the Civil Rights Movement. (Source: WALB)
Rubye Hampton reflects on teaching during the Civil Rights Movement. (Source: WALB)

Hampton said the segregated classrooms she taught in were filled with curious minds — deeply influenced by what was happening in the world around them.

“It was crucial because I was thinking and the other teachers were thinking of getting them prepared for later life, and this and the movement would build together," Hampton said. "If they got their lesson on education, nobody could take it away from them.”

Hampton said though the moments in the movement were hard to miss, as an educator, she tried to expose her students to things they may come in contact with.

Ultimately, Hampton pointed out, she focused on their education.

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