Friday, October 30, 2015

Book Beginnings: Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader. Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading.

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County: A Family, a Virginia Town, a Civil Rights Battle by Kristen Green

"It was a crisp autumn day when I stepped off the porch of my parents' slate-blue house in Farmville and walked a block to the home of a man I had known most of my life, a man who founded the white private school I had attended."

This book is an interesting combo of memoir and history. It's rare that a reporter covering an issue has such a personal tie to it. The story of this Virginia county that closed its public schools instead of desegregate after Brown v. Board of Education is riveting and shocking.

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