The Struggle for Educational Opportunity: William Gibbs and the Equalization of Teacher Salaries
Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:00 am
Grand Courtroom of the Red Brick Courthouse
Presentation by Professor Alonzo Smith
The hard won achievements of advancement in educational equality were accomplished by brave people willing to step forward and take risks. One of these was William Gibbs, Jr, an African-American grade school principal who, with the support of the Rockville black community, filed a court case in 1936. His legal battle to receive the same pay as white teachers was one of Thurgood Marshall’s civil rights cases and started a movement that reverberated throughout Maryland. Come and hear the story of this civil rights pioneer who dared to struggle and win.
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