A Girl Stands at the Door

A Girl Stands at the Door

The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

Book - 2018 | First edition
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"A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today's ongoing struggles for equality"--Amazon.com.
Contents: Roots of change: Lucile Bluford's long crusade
"This lone negro girl": Ada Lois Sipuel, desegregation champion
Girls on the front line: grassroots challenges in the late 1940s
Laying the groundwork: Esther Brown and the struggle in South Park, Kansas
"Hearts and minds": the road to Brown v. Board of Education
"Take care of my baby": the isolation of the first "firsts"
"We raised our hands and said 'yes we will go'": desegregating schools in the mid-1960s
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018
Edition: First edition
Branch Call Number: 379.263 D
Characteristics: xxx, 342 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9781541697331


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Brave, black girls led the charge to make segregation possible in formerly all-white schools. It was the young women who volunteered to cross the color line, and it is their story that Devlin so richly portrays.

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