become homecoming queen, Norris is just east of Clinton, though Norrishigh school integrated after she graduated.In 1969 we moved to Lexington, Kentucky. I would witnessdesegregation of the schools there like David and my mother had.Anyone has a lasting mark who lived through desegregation. It was atime of high anxiety, of knowing that the pecking order was no longer asclear. Life no longer seemed as easy for many Southern white folks.In 1986, Kenny Rogers released a song entitled Twenty Years Ago withthe line “Life was so much easier twenty years ago.” Most small townsin the American South hadn’t integrated in 1966. The pecking orderwas clear. The song rings of nostalgic hope to a simpler time.But for many people in the United States life was not easier in 1966.Women were clearly subordinates. African-Americans were at thebottom the pecking order. BGLT people were closeted, often married,often in pain. Those with disabilites were shut away, forgotten, andexcluded from society. Interracial marriage was still illegal in 16 states.And only 25% of the country thought interracial marriage was ok.