Opinion/Commentary: Black community's history comes to fore | Columnists

Her parents and a couple of older siblings had been involved for several years in the NAACP’s legal efforts to end Virginia’s segregation policy of “separate but equal” schools, which were far more separate for Black students than equal.

Her older brother, Michael, was one of the Stratford Four, the first four Black students to successfully integrate a Virginia public school, Stratford Junior High, at 8:45 a.m. on Feb. 2, 1959.

The arrival of the students, whose average age was 12,…

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