CBHS honors first African-American student

CBHS honors first African-American student

Fifty years from the day he integrated Christian Brothers High, Jesse Turner returned to the all-boys school to be honored.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Fifty years from the day he integrated Christian Brothers High, Jesse Turner returned to the all-boys school to be honored.

"It's not often you go get a standing ovation from anyone and have nice things said about you," Turner said.

Turner said in his first year as a student, he endured a lot of physical and verbal abuse.

"I was called the N word a few times," Turner said. "And someone might throw a punch at me here and there. We learned to deal with it and go on."

Despite the actions of a few, he excelled. He became an Honor Roll student and a member of several student organizations.

"I was determined to do the best I could," Turner said.

He said school leaders did their best to protect him.

"I felt safe and secure," Turner said. "I never had to worry about a mob jumping on me seems like the focus was on education."

Terence McLaughlin, President of Christian Brothers at the time, made the decision to let Turner in. He said it is a decision he never regretted.

"I knew he was a winner. He's a winner. He couldn't have done anything better," 
McLaughlin said. 
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