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Writers LIVE: Rachel Devlin, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

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.

Rachel Devlin is an associate professor of history at Rutgers University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Book sales provided by the Ivy Bookshop.

Writers LIVE programs are supported in part by a bequest from The Miss Howard Hubbard Adult Programming Fund. 

Tuesday, June 12 at 6:30pm

Central Library, African American Department
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Adults, Seniors

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