Virginia Press Women spring conference April 4-5

Our friends at the Virginia Press Women host their spring conference soon in Farmville. Have a look!

Virginia Press Women: “Courage, One Step at a Time: Pursuing Professional Excellence and Equality for All.” That’s the theme of our Spring Conference, to be held April 4-5 in Farmville, Virginia. Farmville was ground zero for equality in American education. Sixty years ago this year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education (1954), a case that desegregated schools and had a 16-year-old Farmville girl at its roots. Barbara Rose Johns was that girl. She was a teenager who used nonviolent civil disobedience to draw attention to her cause. In 1951, witnessing unfair conditions at Moton High School, Barbara Johns walked out. It was the first public protest of its kind demanding racial equality in the U.S.—jumpstarting the American Civil Rights Movement. Come to the conference to learn more about segregation, massive resistance, the deciding case, and the crucial role of the news media in that struggle.

For more information, contact Ilsa Loeser  at cumberlandnews AT farmvilleherald.com