To state the obvious, education plays a significant role in the life trajectory of an individual, making it the basis for any collective movement. From the legal segregation of schools prior to the Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954, to a decades-long attempt to desegregate under court oversight, to the continued lack of consistent investment and representation, there is evidence of both progress and neglect over the 60 years.
As schools grapple with remote learning and the challenges of brick and mortar education during a pandemic, the racial and economic divides still exist in high relief. The heroic efforts of teachers, standing on the shoulders of the great Rutledge H. Pearson who played a prominent role in the story of the sit-in demonstrations and the lives of the young people who led them, are still prevalent in a system that consistently perpetuates racism and inequities locally and across the country..
In the voice of Rodney L. Hurst Sr., from his book, It was never about a hot dog and a Coke®!