Frances Parker grew up in Tracy's Landing in southern Anne Arundel County. She attended Bates High School in Annapolis which was the only integrated school in the area at that time.
"We came from all over Anne Arundel County, as far as Cherry Hill and Tracy's Landing," she says. "We passed a lot of white high schools on the way to Bates. I think one thing that is good is that now you can go to any school you want to. I think that something that sticks more in my mind is that AACC or any college gives you opportunity to be able to say, 'I want to do this' and gives you skills to do it."
photo by Kimi Raspa