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Historic desegregation case revisited

2/12/2004 2:47:39 PM


LYNCHBURG, Va— In observance of the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Randolph-Macon Woman's College will host a panel discussion of the landmark Davis v. Prince Edward County School Board case on Sunday, February 15th at 3:00 P.M. in Houston Memorial Chapel. The event, part of the College's Black History Celebration, is free and open to the public.

Three years before the Supreme Court handed down its decision in favor of school desegregation, John Stokes, a 19-year-old high school student at Robert R. Moten High School in Farmville, Virginia, met secretly with a group of his friends to devise a way to persuade local authorities to improve conditions in their high school. Stokes led the ensuing strike, and he and other students were the catalysts that led to the Davis v. Prince Edward County School Board lawsuit.

The College's panel discussion will include Stokes, now a retired principal of Baltimore, Maryland, City Public Schools; the Reverend J. Samuel Williams, pastor of Levi Baptist Church, Farmville, Virginia, and former student at Robert R. Moten High School; Carlton M. Terry, special assistant for protocol and international affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the District of Columbia and former Prince Edward County Junior High student; and Edward H. Peeples V, Virginia Commonwealth University associate professor, emeritus, of preventive medicine and community health.

For more information about this event and any other Black History Celebration event at R-MWC, call 434-947-8292.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations