Holcomb’s history lessons

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Scrabble School Preservation Foundation (SSPF) in May welcomed guests to the historic Rosenwald school, as Dorothy Lockett Holcomb of Farmville (left) stopped by, on her way to an appearance as keynote speaker at the Madison County Founders Dinner. Holcomb is board chair of the Robert Russa Moton Museum, the site of the 1951 student strike which led to Davis v. County School Board of Prince Edward County (which itself became part of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, outlawing segregated public schools across the country). Holcomb was a fourth-grader in Prince Edward when the schools closed in 1959 to avoid integration as part of a statewide initiative known as “Massive Resistance” Holcomb, who recently published a book of her life experiences, “Educated in Spite of . . .”, is shown here with (from left) her husband, Rev. James E. Holcomb, pastor of Beautiful Plain Baptist Church; SSPF board members Ellen Timbers, Lillian Aylor and Irene Timbers; SSPF president Nan Butler Roberts; and program director Susanna Spencer.

 

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