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Man recalls being 1 of 5 to integrate Birmingham schools in 1963

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Dwight Armstrong. Source: WBRC video Dwight Armstrong. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Fifty years ago Tuesday, five African American students integrated Birmingham's all-white schools.

Three of them were teenagers crossing the color line at Ramsey and West End high schools. But the two youngest foot soldiers that day were Dwight and Floyd Armstrong.

At the tender age of 11 and 9, the brothers became the only black students at Graymont Elementary School. Dwight spoke with FOX6 about what it was like to sit in a classroom of white students.

"The ones who wanted to be knuckle heads, made cat calls or evil eye, only a couple of them. They made themselves evident the first couple of days so I'd keep my eye on them but I didn't have any problems," he said.

You can hear much more from Dwight Tuesday night in a special report following So You Think You Can Dance.

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