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Boycott Browne school: 1947

Parents picket demanding better schools for African American children outside the Franklin building at 13th & K NW where the school board met in Washington, D.C. in December 1947.

 

The group led by Gardner Bishop that became the Consolidated Parents Group staged a two-month strike of students demanding an end to double shifts at Browne Junior High on Benning Road that resulted in a part time education for children.

 

The other demand was an end to using two elementary schools as annexes, forcing children to make half-mile walks between schools only to sit in elementary school desks that were to small.

 

None of the Browne facilities had recreational facilities or equipment like the nearby white school.

 

Their efforts ended both double shifts and the annex facility arrangement at Browne. The group’s suits resulted in the 1954 Bolling v. Sharpe Supreme Court decision desegregating District schools.

 

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Read the story of of DC desegregation from the pickets to the courts washingtonspark.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/dcs-fighting-bar...

 

The photographer is unknown. The image appeared in The Secret City, 1967.

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Taken in December 1947