Forging the Way to Arlington Public School Desegregation

When:
February 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
2019-02-14T19:00:00-05:00
2019-02-14T19:15:00-05:00
Where:
Reisch Library Auditorium, Marymount University, Main Campus
2807 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22207
USA
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Arlington Historical Society
7038924204
Forging the Way to Arlington Public School Desegregation @ Reisch Library Auditorium, Marymount University, Main Campus

In 1954, Brown vs. Board of Education ended “Separate, but Equal” in the U.S., but it was not until 1959, that Arlington County Public Schools (APS) allowed the first African American students to attend it’s schools. This panel will discuss the legal and community story behind Arlington’s struggle to desegregate APS during the mid-1950s including the difficult fight against Virginia’s policy of “Massive Resistance.” It will focus on the role of the NAACP and local African American activists, like Dorothy Hamm and Carroll Deskins, and examine how our culture remembers and teaches desegregation. Recollections of Arlington students and their families will also be shared.

Panelists include:
• Dr. Kimberly Springle: Director of the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, Washington, DC.
• Dr. Erin Devlin: Professor of American history at Mary Washington University and author of Remember Little Rock.
• Cathy Hix: retired head of the Social Studies Program of Arlington Public Schools

The program is free and open to the public. It will take place in the
Reinsch Library auditorium on the Main Campus of Marymount University.
This event is part of a monthly series of public programs sponsored by the
Arlington Historical Society and Marymount University’s Department of
History and Politics. For more information, please visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org. Email: info@arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org or call: (703) 942-9247