CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- During times of segregation, black students spent fewer days in school than white students and a lower teacher to student ratio.
Then, Charlotte County desegregated. And while Dade County was the first county in the state, Charlotte County was the first to desegregate voluntarily.
And in 1964, the first five African-American students attended Charlotte High School. This was nine years after the Supreme Court ruling against segregated schools.
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