Left Bank Books and Maryville Talks Books welcome Rutgers University professor of history Rachel Devlin, who will sign and discuss her new book, “A Girl Stands at the Door”!
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of “A Girl Stands at the Door” from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
The struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In “A Girl Stands at the Door,” historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers, among them Lucile Bluford, who fought to desegregate the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.