League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads (LWVSHR) member, Sharon McGlone, will tell us about her experiences when she and six other African-American girls integrated the Spotsylvania County School district in 1963. This live online presentation, The Girls Who Brought the Walls Down….and the Walls that remain, is sponsored by the LWVSHR and is free and open to the public on Saturday August 15, 2020 at 11:00am.
One experience Sharon will share begins on the first day: "I had a slightly different first-day experience as a fourth-grader that year. As I entered the fourth grade classroom at Robert E. Lee Elementary School in August, 1963, a boy unleashed a racial epithet, saying his mother told him not to sit next to a N******. The teacher, a small stature woman, spoke in a commanding voice, ‘That word will never be used in this classroom again and she will sit where I tell her to sit.’ I felt a great sense of relief and knew that she would protect me in that classroom.”
Sharon, married, a mother of four, retired educator and new LWVSHR board member, will reflect on her experience 57 years ago as well as the impact on her life. Sharon reflects on this period of her life: “Remembering that period in my life always resurrects feelings of loss, unrealistic expectations and rejection. I remind my nine year old self that it’s OK to be me. I also accept that I am the change I want to see in this world.”
Sharon plans to encourage the conversation about the walls that still remain even after school integration. To join in this important and timely discussion, please RSVP to SHRLeague [at] gmail.com. with Subject: “Girls Who Brought The Walls Down” for login directions. The presentation is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads and is free and open to the public.