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John Stokes Speaks at SU February 22, 2010

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Before a standing-room-only audience at Salisbury University, John Stokes, author, educator and plaintiff in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case, shared his first-hand account of events that changed American society and history.  His book, Students on Strike, co-authored by Dr. Lois Wolfe, came to life as he had students from the audience re-enact a pre-civil rights era bus ride from Chicago to Ocean City, MD. He also had audience members share their feelings about salary and school funding inequities between Caucasians and African-Americans in the Jim Crow South. The 78-year-old Stokes showed photos of the tarpaper classrooms that African-American students in Prince Edward County, VA, were forced to attend, sparking a student strike in 1951 that led to his participation in the Brown case.  Stokes was introduced by Wolfe, a celebrated teacher of social studies and school principal, who worked closely with him on the National Geographic publication.

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