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Virginia Voices of Integration

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Clockwise from bottom left: Charles E. Alexander and his mother; Howard Stevens; the Warren County child plaintiffs; Sandra Wicks Lewis; Karen Sue Robinson; Howard Stevens; Oliver W. Hill; Lewis's choir class at Lane High School; the Kilby family (Betty in front, followed by brothers John and James, with father James W. Kilby to the right)

Virginia Voices of Integration

In the 1950's, Virginia's state government staged a “Massive Resistance” against school desegregation. Also during that time, Black Virginia children and their families were bravely leading the march towards integration.

This special five-part feature series, beginning March 24, features recollections of six people who led the way, in Harrisonburg, Charlottesville and Warren County. Their stories are heart-wrenching and raw, but also hopeful and triumphant.