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WBOC Special Presentation: Desegregating Delaware


It is a little known piece of Delaware history. Back in 1954 - before the civil rights movement took the nation by storm - Delmarva dealt with its own struggles. At the time, the law of the land was "separate but equal" when it came to educating black and white children. But after the historic "Brown vs. the Board of Education" U.S. Supreme Court decision, one local school forged ahead for integration. 

Eleven black students -- known as the "Milford 11" started attending the all-white Milford High School. But the experiment didn't go smoothly and the community fought back. Then a man with no connection to the area came to Milford and rallied the town, and much of downstate Delaware into an all-out boycott. But the "Milford 11" didn't give up.

Desegregating Delmarva takes a look at how they persevered and finished what they started 58 years later. 

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