February is Black History month.
It's important that we all take some time to remember the horrific consequence of racism and inequality.
We remember so that it will never happen again.
All men (and women) were born equal--let us never forget!
In 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that all schools needed to integrate.
Prior to this ruling, all schools were racially segregated.
That meant that children were not permitted to go to school with classmates of a different race.
People went a little crazy when the Supreme Court changed those rules.
In the farmland of Virginia, there was one county that refused to follow this new law.
From 1954-1959 the schools remained segregated.
White children went to one school, African American students went to a different school.
In 1959 Prince Edward County Schools decided to close ALL the schools.
No public school was open, therefore the students did NOT have to integrate.
The schools stayed closed for FIVE YEARS.
Meanwhile, the white community opened a private school for white children only.
All the whited student went to this school.
From 1959 to 1964, black students in Prince Edward County had to go to move or not got to school at all.
Many, many African American children lost 5 years of education due to this unthinkable action.
In 2003, an official apology was offered to those students that suffered the loss of their education.
Kind of late...don't you think?