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Thurgood Marshall & Civil Rights in Montgomery County (MCPL) – VIRTUAL or PHONE
September 1, 2020 @ 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
In 1937 Thurgood Marshall delivered an early blow to school segregation here in Montgomery County, gaining equal pay for African American teachers. Join us as Ralph Buglass details this local story.
Civil rights icon Thurgood Marshall delivered an early blow to school segregation right here in Montgomery County—gaining equal pay for the county’s African American teachers in 1937. This little-known legal case is often seen as the first step in Marshall’s successful drive to have separate schools for white and black children declared unconstitutional, as the Supreme Court did 17 years later in a landmark decision. Join us as Ralph Buglass details this remarkable local story and its national significance. Spoiler alert: the victory came at a tremendous cost to the teacher bringing the case.
This program is presented in partnership with Montgomery County Historical Society.
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Ralph Buglass, a Montgomery County native and avid history buff, has taught at lifelong learning institutes associated with Johns Hopkins and American universities and Montgomery College. He speaks frequently to community groups, businesses, and other organizations as well as at national conferences. He is also a docent at Montgomery Parks’ restored Kingsley schoolhouse in Clarksburg’s Little Bennett Park. A graduate of Winston Churchill High School, he has a B.A. in American history from Cornell and an M.A. in journalism from American University.