|Pages/Publication Date:||384 / 2018|
The battle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate all-white schools. Telling these remarkable stories, Rachel Devlin explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools—a struggle for equality that continues today.