Annual workshop highlights ‘Civil Rights in Education’

| June 3, 2013

Sweet Briar College will host the annual Teaching with Historic Places workshop, co-sponsored by the Tusculum Institute and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, on Saturday, June 15. This year’s theme is “Civil Rights in Education.”

The workshop is aimed at K-12 teachers, as well as curators and docents from historical societies or museums. Registration is free for K-12 teachers and $25 for all other participants and includes a continental breakfast, lunch and coffee. Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Josey Dining Room in Prothro Hall. To register, visit the Tusculum Institute website at The registration deadline is June 12.

During the workshop, participants will view a short documentary on the struggle for equal education in Prince Edward County (“Mr. Stokes’ Mission”), hear from former students who helped integrate some of the first Virginian classrooms, and learn about resources available for teachers instructing their classes about integration. Lesson plans will be handed out to teachers, and the first 40 registrants will receive a complimentary DVD copy of “Mr. Stokes’ Mission” for use in the classroom. This workshop corresponds with the 50th anniversary of Sweet Briar College’s court battle to integrate, which required reinterpreting the will that founded the College in 1900.

Speakers include Ted Delaney, associate professor of history at Washington & Lee University, author and desegregation expert Betty Kilby Fisher, John T. Kneebone, associate professor and chair of the history department at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Tusculum Institute director Lynn Rainville, as well as Justin Reid, associate director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum in Farmville. The fully restored former Moton School once served students who played a significant role in protesting educational segregation. A panel and roundtable discussion will also include Farmville community members Edith Napier and Mary Rose, who helped integrate local schools.

For more information, contact Lynn Rainville at [email protected] or visit

Janika Carey

Category: Academics, History, Liberal Studies, Tusculum Institute