October 19, 2015
“Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle”
On October 19, journalist Kristen Green will talk about her new book, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, A Virginia Town, A Civil Rights Battle. Virginia’s Prince Edward County refused to abide by the Supreme Court’s unanimous 1954 decision in favor of desegregation, closed its public schools, established in their place a private academy, and appropriated supplies from closed schools for their all-white classrooms, while black parents struggled to find alternative education for their children. Kristen Green grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which did not open its doors to black students until 1986. In this book she has uncovered her hometown’s dark history and also her own family’s complex involvement in the community’s response to Civil Rights legislation.
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