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Green v. New Kent Committee Makes Plans for 50th Anniversary

Green v. New Kent Committee Makes Plans for 50th Anniversary
Seated Camilla Tramuel, Chair. Standing left to right: Matt Settlemire, Peg Noctor, Lavonne Allen, Burrell Pollard, Sylvia Hathaway, and Larry Woodson. Not pictured: Herb Jones, Co-Chair, Gary Green, Renoval Payne, Julia Taylor, Stran Trout, Joyce Williams and Eugene Williams. [Photo by Stran Trout]

For Immediate Release February 10, 2018

Green v. New Kent Committee Makes Plans for 50th Anniversary

The Green vs. New Kent Committee is making plans for the 50th anniversary of Charles C. Green, et al. v. County School Board of New Kent County, Virginia, et al. decided by the United States Supreme Court on May 27, 1968.
The Green decision established the duty of the school boards to affirmatively eliminate all vestiges of state-imposed segregation and further placed an affirmative duty on school boards to integrate schools.
Green is recognized as the most significant public school desegregation decision of the Supreme Court following Brown v. Board of Education, changing the practice of school systems throughout the nation.
Both the George W. Watkins School and the New Kent School are designated as National Historic Landmarks by virtue of their involvement in the Green decision,

Tentative Event Schedule:
Saturday, May 5, 2018: Introduction to the Green Case, 2 to 4 pm at Watkins Elementary School, and will include a panel of students, parents, and teachers discussing their personal experiences from the 1968 decision. The Kids Corner, 2 pm at Watkins Elementary School will present music and the story of the Green case.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018: The History of George W. Watkins Elementary School 7 pm at Watkins Elementary School, including a tour of the school, and student presentations. Hosted by the Watkins Elementary School PTO.

Sunday, May 20, 2018: Green Celebration Service, 3 to 5 pm at New Kent High School, featuring the One Voice Chorus Ensemble. Hosted by the New Kent Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

Sunday, May 27, 2018: Civil Rights in the 21st Century and Beyond, 2 to 5 pm at New Kent High School. This is the culminating event of the 50th Anniversary. It will include a film on Green vs. County School Board of New Kent County decision and a panel discussion on "Civil Rights in the 21st Century & Beyond."

For more information see greenvnewkent.com


Contact Stran Trout strantrout@cox.net 804-932-3663; Ms. Camilla Tramuel, Chair milliemac20@yahoo.com, 757-810-6037; or Herb Jones, Co-chair herbert.jones1911@gmail.com, 804-400-9701.

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