A Woman to Know: Barbara Rose Johns

It seemed like reaching for the moon. — Barbara

(Photo via Richmond Times-Dispatch)


In 1951, 16-year-old Barbara walked out of her tar paper shack classroom. And she took the entire school with her — the walkout became a news-making student strike for equal (not "separate but equal") education.

Barbara's protest energized the fledgling civil rights movement, and her school's subsequent lawsuit, Davis v. Edwards County, led to the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education.

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