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2011 Media News

Longwood's Dr. Larissa Smith Fergeson interviewed on NPR about R.R. Moton Student Strike in 1951

January 18, 2011

Longwood University

Longwood University's Larissa Smith Fergeson, associate professor of history, is featured on the National Public Radio program With Good Reason this week (week of January 15).   

Dr. Fergeson's topic focuses on the 1951 student walkout at the Robert R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County:

STRIKE!
In 1951 a group of African American students at Robert R. Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia, organized a strike to protest the substandard school facilities provided for black students. The walkout, led by 16 year old Barbara Johns, is one of the great stories in the struggle for Civil Rights-a story of courage and persistence against what seemed at the time like overwhelming odds.  Larissa Smith Fergeson  (Longwood University) provides the historical context to the walkout. For more information, visit the With Good Reason website.

Listen to the episode online

Dr. Larissa Smith Fergeson's segment begins at approximately 13:05 in the program.

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