Prominent black history figures on campus

On Thursday, Feb. 15, two prominent figures of black history will visit the school to share personal testimonies about their involvement in desegregation.

“We’re having two guys, both participants in the desegregation of public schools in Norfolk, Virginia in 1959, coming to the school,” Jeff Littlejohn, assistant professor in the history department, said. “It’s important because that was the largest school district in Virginia and the first to be desegregated.”

The event will be sponsored by the history department and will be held in the Olson Auditorium in AB4 at 4:30 p.m. The hour-long event will feature both a short film and the men’s reactions about the film.

“I’m going to show a 12 minute film done in 1962 by CBS about Norfolk, and they’ll be responding to that,” Littlejohn said. “Something else students should know is that Heidelberg desegregated high school football in Virginia. He’ll tell the story about that too.”

For more information about this event, go to the history department Web site and click on upcoming and recent events.

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