Fall Meeting – September 10, 2023

Breaking Barriers:

Desegregation of Huntsville City Schools and its Lessons for the Future

Presented by Sonnie Hereford IV and Dr. Beth Hereford Patin

Sonnie Hereford IV (Rocket City Civil Rights) and Dr. Beth Hereford Patin, his daughter and an assistant professor at Syracuse University, will use family photographs, videos, and digital storytelling tools to share Sonnie’s experience as one of the first Black students to desegregate Huntsville City Schools. They will discuss the desegregation of Huntsville City schools and its significance in the broader context of the Civil Rights Movement by detailing the specific events, protests, and legal actions that led to the eventual desegregation of these schools.

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