The Long Road from Brown: School Desegregation in Virginia





July 11-16, 2021; July 25-30, 2021 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience




This workshop unveils the unknown stories of school desegregation in Virginia and throughout the nation after the US Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. It highlights the role African Americans played in bringing about Brown, the state’s determined resistance, the processes that led to initial and then token school desegregation, the eventual integration of public education, and the slow decline of school integration in recent decades. Seventy-two social studies/history teachers (grades 6-12) are invited to visit significant historical sites associated with the topic, interact with experts, practice using primary sources in archives, and develop their curriculum on the topic.

Project Director(s)

Yonghee Suh; Brian Daugherity

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Jody L. Allen; Derrick P. Alridge; Lucious Edwards, Jr.; Larissa Smith Fergeson; Lisa Gibson; Yuki Hibben; Lauranett Lee; Jeffrey L. Littlejohn; Gabriel Reich; Jessica Ritchie; Patricia Sullivan; Catherine Fitzgerald Wyatt

Grantee Institution

Old Dominion University