As I read the guest column by Edna Courville (“Paul supporters are not confused,” The Daily News, March 28), I reflected on the commitment of professors Ralph C. Allen, Lorraine Montgomery and other dedicated educators at Lincoln High School, and Lake Road and Woodland elementary schools. Allen was, among other things, a phenomenal history teacher; Montgomery was a fantastic civics teacher.
Allen made certain that we understood American History, and Montgomery made certain that we understood the manner in which government should function.
Allen and other educators, who knew how to educate, taught us the meaning of loving and caring for our community. They led us through the contentious integration period of La Marque Independent School District. During the school year of 1965-66, a white principal was assigned to an all-black high school, which had staged a civil disobedient protest. Once it ended, Allen and other major educators, for our sake and the sake of education, itself, threw their support behind Dr. James C. McBride, the principal.
It was inspiring to read Courville’s response to the piece that was written by Walter Manuel (“Nakisha Paul is not who TCISD needs,” The Daily News, March 23). In my mind, as I thought about the retired teachers, they determinately taught students to seek and know the elements of truth and facts. Courville was representative of both. Unlike Manuel, she and others did everything within their power to save the district. All Manuel did was whine and complain about the so-called condition of LMISD. Manuel never, to my knowledge, lifted a finger to support the district. Maybe he did nothing because he does not live here.
Jose Boix wrote (“Courville wrong to have used ‘hired,’” The Daily News, March 31). I will not belabor the issue. I will simply ask this question; were these managers compensated for personal service or labor? I know that as one that served on various boards for the city of Texas City, as you served on the board of managers, you were proud to serve with Mable Pratt and David Rac because they agreed with you.
Personally, I have no animosity for Rac or Pratt. However, I do have a problem with the two of them serving to close us down and now being desirous to represent us. Sorry, our educators taught us better. As far as I am concerned, that would be like King George III running for president of the 13 original colonies. We were taught to cherish and support those things which are ours.
We are bringing the attitude of Allen and others, during the time of integration, to TCISD. Will we ever forget LMISD? Never. Will we ever allow anyone to degrade her name? Never. Will you ever make us believe that we should have been closed? Never. However, we will support TCISD with the same commitment we had for LMISD. Contrary to what Manuel and others may think, TCISD knows that the LMISD community will help it reach even higher heights. That’s who we are!