Wash. Principal to Receive Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Susan Sparks was a second-grader in the mid-1960s at Spokane's predominantly black Lincoln Elementary School when district officials closed it as part of their school integration efforts.

Sparks told the Herald that she was bused up the hill to Roosevelt Elementary School, which had mostly white students.

"I remember that experience, how scary it was and how we were treated for the first few months," said Sparks, now principal at Ruth Livingston Elementary School in Pasco. "We were called racial names. Those kinds of things you don't forget."

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