The Middlesex County Historic Courthouse was filled to capacity on Sunday, January 6, 2019 for the screening of the film trailer, “The Green Light: Fulfilling the Promise of Brown v. Board of Education.”
The film features the story of Green v. New Kent County, Virginia, the landmark 1968 United States Supreme Court case that forced the full integration of public schools.
Middlesex County, Virginia native, civil rights activist, educator, and theologian, Dr.Calvin Coolidge Green (1931-2011) was the case’s plaintiff.
The film was followed by a roundtable discussion led Dr. Brain Daugherity, one of the film’s producers.
Discussion participants included Anthony Green, one of Dr. Green’s sons; Schreinaer Hodges, a black parent whose children initially integrated Middlesex schools; Norman Robinson, a member of the class of 1966, the third integrated graduating class at Middlesex High School; Hallie Jean Holmes, a member of the class of 1970, the first fully integrated Middlesex High School graduating class; and Rosetta Dobbins Jarvis, one of the “West Point 29″ whose father was the plaintiff in the desegregation case Dobbins v. Virginia.
The discussion participants shared frank recollections of their experiences on the forefront of desegregation, and members of the audience had an opportunity to ask questions and make commentary. Following the program guests viewed the 2018 Strong Men and Women in Virginia History exhibition and enjoyed refreshments at the Middlesex Museum. Strong Men and Women is an initiative of Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia.
Sincere appreciation is extended to all the participants and the many attendees who helped to make the program an overwhelming success! The program was sponsored by the Middlesex Museum and Historical Society, Inc. and its partners, Middlesex NAACP Unit 7091 and Middle Peninsula African-American Genealogical and Historical Society.