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Desegregation of Public Schools
On May 16, 1954 the Supreme Court ruled that separate but equal was inherently unequal and struck down the segregation in public schools.
The Governor and legislators in Virginia responded to Brown v. Board by closing down schools instead of complying with the court's decision.
Beginning in 1958, Virginia counties began to desegregate and reopen public schools. This website is a case study of three distinct counties path to desegregation: Norfolk, Charlottesville, and Prince Edward County.
Kids were not passive in these three counties. Instead, kids asserted a degree of agency by writing petitions, participating in protests, and writing letters.