An Evening to Celebrate Arlington’s History Makers
Join Us to Honor Those Who Fought for School Integration and Made History at Stratford Junior High School
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
H-B Woodlawn Secondary School/Stratford Auditorium
On February 2, 1959, four African American seventh-grade students entered Stratford Junior High School. Up until 1959, black students had to attend one of the segregated schools in Arlington County instead of their neighborhood school. Here in Arlington, the black families worked closely with many community allies and effectively used the legal system to challenge Virginia’s Policy of Massive Resistance.
6:00 PM: Film Presentation: It’s Just Me…The Integration of the Arlington Public Schools This documentary revisits and explores the events that led to the successful integration of Stratford. The film premiered in 2001 and was produced by the Arlington Educational Television (AETV) staff to share the memories of the people who involved in the struggle to integrate Arlington Public Schools.
7:30 PM: A Community Conversation While many of the school, community and family members involved in Arlington’s historic struggle are no longer living, we are grateful to have several of the students and representatives of our community share their memories of that pivotal time.
Special guest speakers will include:
• Michael Jones, Gloria Thompson, Lance Newman (Tentative) & Ron Deskins (Tentative), Stratford’s first Black students• Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr., educator, civic activist, community historian and author of “Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present”• Sharon Mondé, APS graduate and former APS teacher & administrator• Carmela Hamm, daughter of Dorothy Hamm, Arlington leader in the struggle to integrate schools