Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County

by Kristen Green
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Last Updated on August 19, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 415

Something Must Be Done About Prince Edward County was published by journalist Kristen Green in 2015. At this time, many wondered if America had moved into a post-racial state after Barack Obama had served as president. At the same time, the nation continued to be plagued by racial unrest and violence, suggesting that the United States was not the progressive place some claimed it had become.

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Green's story is motivated by her own history and family. She was raised in Farmville, a town in a rural part of Virginia, and attended a private school called Prince Edward Academy. Her parents also attended the school, as did her siblings. Her grandfather had even helped start the school. When Green attended the school, she was unaware of the complete story of its founding. She knew that it was founded in the late 1950s, when the public schools in the county had been closed. She had not realized, however, that the academy was the white community's way of avoiding integration after the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. In discovering more about the history of the school, Green uncovered the uncomfortable history of her family and their role in founding and perpetuating the school. She was compelled to understand her family's history in part because she is married to a biracial man and has children who are multiracial.

Green's narrative alternates between her story and that of the black community in the county. Barbara Johns was a black student who brought suit against the county for having unequal black schools. Her case...

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