Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (U.C. Berkeley). My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ My author website is here: www.terikanefield.com/ Apr. 23, 2019 1 min read

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68 years ago today, on April 23, 1951, in Farmville, VA, Barbara Johns led a walkout of her segregated high school to protest the unfair conditions.

What?! You don’t know who Barbara Johns was?
She and her classmates attended school in deplorable conditions.

2/ She led her walkout more than 4 years before Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus, and before MLK, Jr. embraced nonviolence as the way to equality.

After she and her classmates turned the rural town of Farmville upside down, she called in the NAACP.

3/ The NAACP took their case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barbara and some of her classmates became plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark case that ended segregation in America.

4/ OK so, why wasn’t she given credit for her role as the first leader in the Modern Civil Rights movement to use nonviolence as a means of achieving racial equality?

Why wasn't she seen as an innovator and leader?

👇argues that she wasn’t given credit because she was a child.


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