Black History: Unsung Hero Made History In Statesville Classroom

STATESVILLE, N.C.–  It was 1968, when 65 black students helped to integrate Statesville High School. Christopher “Skip” McCall was one of those students. McCall says that being moved to a white school took some time to adjust to. But he remembers many of the white students being receptive or at least tolerant of their African-American classmates.

McCall does remember an incident that happened with two white students that he describes as an ambush. He says the students attacked him and another black student with ice balls. The school principal stopped the incident from escalating further.

McCall was invited to speak during a school assembly program. He addressed the racial tensions that were rising. When he finished speaking, he says black and white students were hugging each other.

In 1992, McCall won a seat on the Iredell-Statesville School Board. Since the 1960’s, he’s been active in his community. He’s sued the city of Statesville over election laws and won. And he’s been able to inspire young people with his activism.