Monday, July 16, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome Rutgers University professor of history Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools!
The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers, among them Lucile Bluford, who fought to desegregate the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.
"This is essential American history—it's the history of how we got where we are, it's a history of how student activism changed the world by fighting against powerful forces...The book is about knowing the past and knowing your power." —Literary Hub
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Girl Stands at the Door from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Pre-order your copy here!
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.