Charlottesville civil rights activists are being honored for their work training teachers and administrators in the wake of desegregating city schools, a process that took decades of work between the 1960s and the 1980s.
Monday, Charlottesville's Office of Human Rights is recognizing The Consultative Resource Center for School Desegregation, which was based in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and opened because of massive resistance.
Curry School professor Patrice Grimes led a presentation called “Beyond Beta Bridge" to spotlight the center's history and staff. The organization was open from 1967 until 1981. It was one of 27 resource centers across the country dedicated to providing a high-quality education for all children.
Organizers say the city's Office of Human Rights exists because of work accomplished through the center.
“I think the most lasting leg if the center's legacy has to do with how the folks who were staff participated in the Charlottesville community and they were involved in a lot of the conversations and action work around race and race relations leading up to the dialogue on race,” said Charlene Greene, community outreach specialist for the Office of Human Rights.
The center was led by Hank Allen, Nathan Johnson, and Jim Bash. Bash was in the audience for the presentation Monday afternoon.
A proclamation recognizing the achievements will be read at Monday night’s Charlottesville City Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. at City Hall.