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January 19, 1999

The Merging of Cultures

The following is a continuation of excerpts from the Merging of Cultures project at Alma Bryant High. Professionals from the community, Peggy Denniston and Sheila Hagler, are guiding students to write and make pictures about themselves and the culture in South Mobile County. To see more, visit the web site:

Funding for this program was received from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the arts, a federal agency, with support from the Mobile Arts Council and Citizens for a Better Grand Bay.

My Hair

Most People have a special characteristic or talent that makes them unique. My distinctive quality is my long hair.

My hair is three feet long and mostly brown, except for the blond streaks caused by exposure to the sun. I had it cut once, almost six years ago, to my shoulders when I was in the fourth grade. In order to keep it healthy, I get my dad to trim it every so often. I was once told that if you cut your hair the night before a full moon, it will grow faster. Whether or not this myth is accurate, I cling to it.

I wash my hair every other night. My favorite products to use are Clairol Herbal Essence, because they smell good and eliminate tangles. It takes about an hour and forty-five minutes for my hair to dry completely. First I squeeze it and rub it with a towel, then I let it air dry while I study and do my homework.

I usually wear my hair down or in a ponytail. For a special occasion, I either roll it or have my mom roll it for me. But for the Homecoming Dance, on October 24, I had it done by a beautician. Ironically, she did it the same way it had always been done. Because my hair is so long and so heavy, different hairstyles are limited.

-- Sage McCollum © 1998

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Photo Credit: Elizabeth Peyregne


Since about four years ago skateboarding has been a very large part of my life. It is always on my mind, and it is always in my schedule. Skateboarding is my life, and I take it seriously. I skate as a competitive sport. Not a game or hobby. A lot of people are just starting to accept skateboarding for what it is. Even though it's categorized as an "extreme sport," I still see it as an individual sport, in a league of its own, and not just a stereotype. Most people hold a prejudice against skaters because we skate on the same streets, sidewalks, ledges, stairs, and even the hand-rails that they also use everyday. They have it set in their minds that we are bad kids, so they like to make up stories about old ladies getting run over by skateboards, or how we break into stores and cars to steal things. When we are out skating, we aren't worried about stealing anything or knocking down old ladies. We just want to skate. So if people make it against the law to skate, then they can just go ahead and send me to Metro.

-- Asa Davidson © 1998

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Photo Credit: Asa Davidson

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