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A Black Community's Struggle for Educational Equality Under Segregation
Larry Roeder and Barry Harrelson
This inspiring, true story of a Black community sheds new light on the history of segregation and inequity in American education
The system of educational apartheid that existed in the United States until the Brown v. Board of Education decision and its aftermath has affected every aspect of life for Black Americans.
Dirt Don't Burn is the riveting narrative of an extraordinary community that overcame the cultural and legal hurdles of systematic racism. Dirt Don’t Burn describes how Loudoun County, Virginia, which once denied educational opportunity to Black Americans, gradually increased the equality of education for all children in the area. The book includes powerful stories of the largely unknown individuals and organizations that brought change to enduring habits of exclusion and prejudice toward African Americans.
Dirt Don't Burn sheds new light on the history of segregation and inequity in American history. It provides new historical details and insights into African American experiences based on original research through thousands of previously lost records, archival NAACP files, and records of educational philanthropies. This book will appeal to readers interested in American history, African American history, and regional history, as well as educational policy and social justice.
"Dirt Don't Burn centers both the local history topics that were forgotten by the white residents of Loudon County and the conscious forgetting of Black history in the county. Roeder and Harrelson carefully recover this important story."—George Oberle, director of the Center for Mason Legacies, George Mason University
"Blending local and Virginia history, African American studies and history, education history, law, and civil rights, Dirt Don’t Burn documents the important and neglected story of the education of African Americans in Loudoun County, Virginia, during the Jim Crow and civil rights eras. It is of significant value."—Brian J. Daugherity, associate professor of history, Virginia Commonwealth University, author of Keep On Keeping On: The NAACP and the Implementation of Brown v. Board of Education in Virginia
Larry Roeder is the director of the Edwin Washington Project and chair of the Board of Diversity and Equality Fairs of Virginia.
Barry Harrelson is special editor for the Edwin Washington Project.
280 pp., 6 x 9
280 pp., 6 x 9