Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle

by Kristen Green

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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate.

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s unanimous Brown v. Board of Education decision, Virginia’s Prince Edward County refused to obey the law. Rather than desegregate, the county closed its public schools, locking and chaining the doors. The community’s white leaders quickly established a private academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use in their all-white classrooms. Meanwhile, black parents had few options: keep their kids at home, move across county lines, or send them to live with relatives in other states. For five years, the schools remained closed.

Kristen Green, a longtime newspaper reporter, grew up in Farmville and attended Prince Edward Academy, which did not admit black students until 1986. In her journey to uncover what happened in her hometown before she was born, Green tells the stories of families divided by the school closures and of 1,700 black children denied an education. As she peels back the layers of this haunting period in our nation’s past, her own family’s role—no less complex and painful—comes to light.

At once gripping, enlightening, and deeply moving, Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County is a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today, and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062268679
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/09/2015
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kristen Green has worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe, San Diego Union-Tribune, and Richmond Times-Dispatch. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. This is her first book. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader ix

Prologue 1

Part I Separate But Not Equal

1 A Perfectly Charming Southern Town 7

2 Homecoming in Black and White 23

3 Prince Edward Joins Brown v. Board of Education 37

4 My Family's Part 57

5 Locked Out 73

Part II The Lost Generation

6 The Segregation Academy 89

7 Waiting and Seeing 101

8 Nigger Lovers 115

9 "You Go Where Your Parents Tell You To" 121

10 Elsie's Other Life 133

11 The Hour Is Late 139

12 A Bus Ticket and a World Away 147

13 Then and Now 159

14 Brown Stokes the Flames 163

15 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back 177

16 Building a Life Without a Foundation 199

Part III Integration

17 "We Are All God's Children" 207

18 The Schools Today 221

19 "We All Wish It Hadn't Happened" 237

20 A Healing Place for the Community 245

21 The New Normal 259

Epilogue 267

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 277

Recommended Reading 303

Index 305

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Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I admire ms green for writing this book,
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