A panel of Arlingtonians will discuss their perspectives on Arlington’s efforts to desegregate since the 1950s. Arlington took a big step to desegregate its schools by allowing the first four students to attend a white junior high school in 1959 but much was left to be done. How did it feel for black students to not be allowed to participate in extracurricular school activities? How did Arlington handle busing in the 1970s? What was the impact on the community and students? Panel participants will include students, parents, and school administrators from the African-American community who were involved in and impacted by the ongoing transition from segregation to the court-mandated integration of Arlington public schools. Join us for a unique discussion on Arlington’s road to desegregation.
The program will begin at 7:00 pm at Marymount University in the Reinsch Library auditorium (2807 N. Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22207). The program is free and open to the public. For additional AHS information, please contact 703- 892-4204or visit www.arlingtonhistoricalsociety.org.
For those who drive: Marymount University provides free parking. Attendees should enter at the library gate on 26th Street, North and park in the White garage to the left at the bottom of the incline.
Attendees can also enter the main entrance gate (located at N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive) and park in the main lot in front of The Lodge. The Security Station at the main entrance can help direct where to park.
Handicap parking is available at the 26th street entrance to the library.
For those who take public transit: A free shuttle bus provided by Marymount University is available from the Ballston-MU Metro Station (Orange and Silver lines). The University is also accessible via Metro bus routes 23A and 23T; exit at the N. Glebe Road and Old Dominion Drive stop.