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Feb 14

Forging the Way to Arlington Public School Desegregation: A Panel Discussion

Thursday 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM
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

Location: Reinsch Library Auditorium

 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 Email: or call: (703) 892-4204