- Goldmine: Root
- Oral History Collections
- Levine Museum of the New South
- Basketball and Culture in the Southern Piedmont
- Gladys Worthy oral history interview, 1993 May 6
Gladys Worthy oral history interview, 1993 May 6
Gladys Worthy, a former basketball player for Highland High School in Gastonia, North Carolina during the 1948-1950 seasons, recalls her sports career. She reflects on the many advantages high school basketball afforded her, including the chance to travel, recognition from her community, respect from classmates, and a bolstered self-esteem. In contrast to the positives, Ms. Worthy also discusses the limitations race and gender conventions placed upon her and her teammates. As an African American girl during segregation in Gastonia, Ms. Worthy could play basketball in school but didn't have the same opportunities for college scholarships or recreational play as white boys. She reminisces about her role in a championship basketball game and discusses the strategy her team employed on the court. Ms. Worthy speaks more generally about parenting issues such as discipline. She briefly talks about her sons, including James Worthy who was a professional basketball player in the NBA, and the impact his fame had on the Gaston County community.