Trailblazer who helped integrate Florida schools believes country is heading in right direction
ORLANDO, Fla. – As News 6 celebrates Black History Month, a local woman who’s been a trailblazer her entire life is speaking out about the history that’s now happening right before our eyes. LaVon Bracy endured relentless attacks as one of the first African Americans to integrate Florida schools. As the first and only African American to graduate from Gainesville High School in Alachua County in 1965, the threats against her life were real. “Every day that I would go to school, I would find dead rats, roaches and snakes under my seat,” Bracy said. I really thought that would be the last day I would be on the earth,” Bracy said.
White teen accused of plotting deadly attack on black church
Police say a 16-year-old white girl was motivated by racism when she allegedly plotted to attack a historically black church in Gainesville, Georgia. "Our investigation indicated the church was targeted by the juvenile because of the racial demographic of the church members," Parrish said in a statement. Pastor Michelle Rizer-Pool told the publication the girl visited her church last Wednesday, but no events were scheduled that night. White supremacist Dylann Roof fatally shot nine black church members during their Bible study lesson at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, during the summer of 2015. More recently, the white son of a sheriff's deputy was arrested in April and accused of setting fires that destroyed three black churches in rural Louisiana.cbsnews.com