The school careers of two teenage girls who lived across town from each other – one black, one white – were altered by a court-ordered desegregation plan for Durham, NC in 1970. This plan thrust each of them involuntarily out of their comfort zones and into new racial landscapes. LaHoma and Cindy eventually both found themselves at the same high school from different sides of a court-ordered racial “balancing act.” Each moved from safe, familiar, insulated, and segregated communities to a wider, unknown, and potentially unsafe world with dissimilar “others.”
Their intertwining coming of age stories are part of a bigger story about America, education and race — and about how the personal relates to the political. LaHoma and Cindy will discuss their book and facilitate a conversation about the role of racial integration in creating racial equity within our public schools.