RSVP for Continuity and Change: Norfolk 17 Revisited

Norfolk 17

The Darden College of Education & Professional Studies at Old Dominion University cordially invites you to join an upcoming virtual panel discussion: Continuity and Change: Norfolk 17 Revisited, on February 17, 2021, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

In the years following the landmark United States Supreme Court Case, Brown V. Board of Education (1954), declaring school segregation unconstitutional, Virginia fought federal efforts to desegregate its schools. Using one of the strategies of Massive Resistance, schools were shut down in Front Royal in Warren County, Charlottesville, and Norfolk, to prevent desegregation. In response, the federal and Commonwealth courts stepped in and overturned this policy in 1959 and seventeen African American students enrolled in six Norfolk junior high and high schools. The experiences of these seventeen students has left a lasting imprint in our schools and communities.

This panel, comprised of a member of the Norfolk 17 and two classmates, a child of a member of the Norfolk 17, and ODU history professors, will reflect on the enduring legacy of the Norfolk 17.

To register for this free event, please complete the registration form. A secure Zoom link will be sent to you by email by Monday, February 15.