Students and the Struggle for School Integration

In this video, students learn about the activism of teenager Barbara Johns. In 1951, she organized over 450 students to protest in support of better conditions at their segregated high school in Prince Edward County, Virginia. The students' actions would lead to a lawsuit that became one of the five cases represented in the landmark Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.

This video was made in conjunction with Makematic.


Students will be able to...

  • Describe Barbara Johns’ actions and their impact
  • Identify forms of civic action used to create change
  • Engage in direct discussion
  • Analyze the video’s topic and connect it to current issues

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