"Two Schools in Hillburn" Gala Premier
"Two Schools in Hillburn" is a documentary about one of the most important moments in the history of Civil Rights and education in the State of New York. It's about an event that took place in the tiny village of Hillburn, in Rockland County, in 1943.
It was there that jim crow laws that forced colored or African American, Native American and other children to attend a rundown, ramshackle schools while white children got to go to new, well-equipped schools were struck down.
Thanks to the brave efforts of the families of the 49 children who attended the school and young NAACP attorney, Thurgood Marshall, who came to Hillburn, the practice ended and the families of children attending Brook School would be able to send them to Hillburn School. This was more than a decade before Marshall would gain noteriety by winning Brown vs the Board of Education of Topeka, KS, which tore down the legal grounds for separate but equal Jim Crow laws.
The film will tell the story of what Rockland and Hillburn were like during that time. It will look at the key participants, describe events, talk to people who recall the event, etc.
The premier will be hosted by Rockland Community College and will feature two showings of the film as well as a reception in between. I'm excited to be part of this project. This is an important story, it happened in my home county and it changed the trajectory for life and education in the US.
Rockland Community College Cultural Arts Theater (View)
145 College Road
Suffern , NY 10901
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