Commentary
12:00 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Breaking Family Tradition

David Matthews
Credit Wake Forest University / Wake Forest University
David Matthews says he's proud to be the product of a small Piedmont town in North Carolina. He grew up in the 1940's, surrounded by uncles, aunts, cousins and grandparents from both sides of his family. And as he ventured to college, he was confident in the young man his environment had molded. 

Matthews is a 1962 graduate of Wake Forest University. 50 years ago during his senior year, it integrated the student body. Now WFU is commemorating this historic decision with Faces of Courage, a series honoring those who have and continue to enrich Wake Forest’s diverse and inclusive community.   In this Real People, Real Stories segment, Matthews describes how his college experiences broke the generational cycle of prejudice in which he grew up. 
David Matthews describes how history classes about British colonialism and Africa shattered his long-held prejudices about African Americans.