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Teaching the movement: New UVa center tackles race and education
The Daily Progress Sunday, November 05, 2017 at 9 p.m.
Derrick Alridge grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina, hearing about local community college students jailed for a sit-in at a segregated dime store in 1961.
Recently, he interviewed one of the “Friendship Nine,” Willie Massey, who became a teacher in Rock Hill. Massey chose to take 30 days of hard labor over a fine or bail.
“It’s easy for us to romanticize what it was like to be in jail and advocate,” Alridge said. “But it was a hard time and it was lonely.”
Alridge said that hearing the toll of activism on educators during civil rights struggles informs his own teaching and research at the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education, and provided the impetus for UVa’s recently opened Center on Race, Education and the South.

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