Integration of City of Tuskegee high school to be remembered
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 21, 2013) — A two-day symposium will be held in the City of Tuskegee to mark the 50th anniversary of the integration of Tuskegee High School. The result of a lawsuit filed and argued by Fred Gray, former attorney for Martin Luther King, Jr., the case eventually integrated all public schools in Alabama.
The Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center and the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University are sponsoring the event.
The symposium will feature several students who integrated Tuskegee High School on September 2, 1963 as a result of the court case Anthony Lee, et al. v. Macon County Board of Education. Gray will also reflect on the case and its aftermath. Rhonda Collier, associate professor of English at Tuskegee University, will serve as a moderator for one of the discussion panels.
Friday, the event will begin with a screening of the documentary, “Tuskegee, Alabama: Living Black and White,” at 3:30 p.m. CST prior to a reception at 6 p.m. CST at the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center in the City of Tuskegee. Saturday, there will be all-day sessions with discussions by notable scholars, writers, and guests.
Photo of one of the many marches for civil rights during the 1960s. The 50th anniversary of the 1963 integration of Tuskegee High School in the City of Tuskegee will be marked during a two-day symposium.
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