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Oct 11

Desegregating Arlington Public School Sports

Thursday 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM

The Virginia State Supreme Court ruled that Arlington’s African-American children could legally attend white schools beginning on February 2, 1959.  However, this was only the first step in ultimately desegregating the entire Arlington County public school system.  The right for these children to participate in sports was a much longer battle that played out in state government, PTA meetings, and around many family dinner tables over time.                                                                                                        
This intriguing and heartwarming conversation about “The Desegregation of Arlington  County Interscholastic Sports” will feature men and women who represent Hoffman-Boston, Wakefield, and Washington-Lee High School Athletics.  The panel discussion will be moderated by former Pittsburgh Steeler and two-time Super Bowl Champion Reggie Harrison, a Washington-Lee graduate.

Location: Main Campus, Reinsch Library Auditorium

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, and is in partnership with The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington, Virginia. This event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00pm for those interested in viewing the exhibit on APS Sports. Light refreshments will be served in the library reception area.