Arlington Historical Society Annual Banquet

May 16, 2019 @ 6:30 pm
Washington Golf and Country Club
3017 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207
Arlington Historical Society
Arlington Historical Society Annual Banquet @ Washington Golf and Country Club

AHS is excited to welcome former Arlington resident and author James McGrath Morris as our keynote speaker at this year’s Annual AHS Banquet. As we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the desegregation of Arlington public schools, Mr. Morris will share his abiding interest in civil rights history. His landmark article “A Chink in the Armor: The Black-Led Struggle for School Desegregation in Arlington, Virginia, and the End of Massive Resistance” told the full story of what Arlington’s African-American community went through to desegregate Arlington public schools after the 1954 Supreme Court mandated nationwide desegregation. He worked closely with key activists including Dorothy Hamm and his detailed account of the effort to desegregate schools in Arlington has been widely cited among scholarly works.

This year’s Cornelia B. Rose, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Edward, Bernard, and Carmela Hamm, the family of Dorothy and E. Leslie Hamm. The Cornelia B. Rose, Jr. Award honors a member or members of the community who have partnered with AHS to share Arlington’s history. The Hamm family has loaned the papers of Arlington civil rights activist Dorothy Hamm to the Arlington Historical Museum, the Arlington Public Library, the Library of Virginia, and the Arlington Public School System for public exhibits on school desegregation. The Hamm family has also worked with AHS to provide several programs focused on school desegregation. The Hamm family is planning to publish Dorothy Hamm’s memoirs to highlight the personal sacrifices made by the family and all those who dared to do the right thing during these turbulent times.