4 september 1968 & parents protest school boundary changes
#OTD 4 September 1968 Parents continue to protest DC Public Schools boundary changes that required their children to walk a far distance from their homes. Virginia Morris, a spokesperson for the Kelly Miller JHS (49th & Brooke Sts NE) parent group, was one of dozens of parents who refused to send their children to Roper JHS (48th & Mead Sts NE), where they had been reassigned. The distance between the schools was 1 1/2 miles. However, no transportation was provided to the school.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, family members or neighbors attend Kelly Miller, Roper or other schools impacted by the boundary changes? Do you remember Virginia Morris? Did your parents protest the boundary changes? Were you a teacher? Were you part of the Washington Teachers Union? Do you have photographs? Do you recognize anyone in the above photograph? Do you recognize the building? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy DC Public Library Special Collections, Sam Smith Papers Box 21, Photographer unknown. circa April 1968.
Susan Jacoby, "D.C. Schools Open With Rash of Protests," Washington Post 3 September 1968.