Paving the Way For Change

In 1951, John A. Stokes led a student protest against the poor conditions in his segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Va., and later became a plaintiff in a case that was decided as part of Brown v. Board. Rather than comply with the high court’s order to integrate schools, Prince Edward County shut down its school system down for five years.

See more on Education Week‘s look at the legacy of Brown v. Board 60 years later: