WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Viewing Social Injustice Through Virginia's Living History

Play associated audio
The AARP and DOVE are teaming up to teach the living history of desegregation -- an issue celebrated in this memorial in Richmond to Barbara Johns and her protest against racial segregated schools in 1951.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/baggis/5945984956/
The AARP and DOVE are teaming up to teach the living history of desegregation -- an issue celebrated in this memorial in Richmond to Barbara Johns and her protest against racial segregated schools in 1951.

The AARP is one of several groups reminding Virginians of social injustices that existed not too long ago. Their focus is on the personal and sometimes painful stories of the Commonwealth's desegregation of public schools.

Even during the most recent legislative session, lawmakers attempted to sway votes by describing the plight of those in Virginia's past. Historians say instead of listening to those who were not there, however, it's time to document living history. That's why AARP, the Desegregation of Virginia Project and others will travel throughout the state and talk to people such as Andrew Heidelberg, one of the first 17 African-Americans to be admitted to white schools in Norfolk.

Heidelberg says as he went through his ordeal, media outlets told their own accounts: "They really had the story all twisted and it really didn't make sense to me. And as I put in my book, history is written by the winners of the war, and they write it any way that they want to, and it becomes the history."

Over the next several months, DOVE organizers will be looking for volunteers of all races who want their stories documented -- both advocates and opponents of integration.

NPR

'Star Wars' Editors Defy Hollywood Conventions

In a film industry often dominated by men, there's at least one exception: Many editors are women. Maryann Brandon and Mary Jo Markey speak about their work on the new Star Wars.
NPR

Florida Says Its Fruits, Vegetables Are Safe From Invasive Fruit Fly

Since September, Florida has been fighting an infestation of the Oriental fruit fly, an invasive pest that threatened more than 400 crops. The state declared the insect eradicated as of Saturday.
NPR

7 Things To Know About Presidential Appointments To The Supreme Court

Republicans are adamant they will stop anyone President Obama names to replace for Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. It's possible Obama's nominee would face the longest wait in history for a vote.
NPR

West Point Students' Plan To Counter ISIS Online Strategy

The State Department sponsored a contest to find the best ways to combat ISIS propaganda online. A group of cadets from West Point got second prize. Rachel Martin speaks with team member CJ Drew.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.