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Integrated students at Anacostia High School: 1957 | by Washington Area Spark
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Integrated students at Anacostia High School: 1957

Integrated students at Anacostia High School September 10, 1957, three years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Bolling v. Sharpe case that outlawed school segregation in the District of Columbia.


Anacostia High School was the scene of the most fierce resistance to school integration that involved harassment of black students, a strike by white students supported by some parents and an attempted march across the 11th Street Bridge to garner support at other schools.


The suit ending segregation was brought by the Consolidated Parents Group, composed of working class African Americans living east of the Anacostia River.


The Group waged a seven-year fight beginning in 1947 to improve conditions for African Americans that began with a boycott of deplorable conditions at the all black Browne Junior High on Benning Road and ended with the Court’s school desegregation order.


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Read the story of of DC desegregation from the pickets to the courts:


Photo by Warren K. Leffler. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Taken on September 10, 1957