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Parents picket & boycott DC schools: 1947 | by Washington Area Spark
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Parents picket & boycott DC schools: 1947

Parents of black children picket outside Henry T. Blow school at 19th & Benning Road NE December 1947 protesting inferior schools and segregation for African American students.


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 (including the Blow school pictured), forcing children to make half-mile walks between schools only to sit in elementary school desks that were too 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:


The photographer is unknown. The image is via Getty images


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Taken in December 1947