The Supreme Court decision outlawing school segregation began with a student strike in Prince Edward County, Virginia. Justice didn't follow that ruling - white officials in Prince Edward County closed public schools rather than integrate. Host Ed Ayers learns about the drama that unfolded through conversations with two of the student strikers. He discovers how black women activists defied the school closures by starting grassroots schools, and he meets an author whose grandfather helped start a... [see more] whites-only "segregation academy." In a museum at the school that started it all, Ed talks with a descendant of strikers who inspires students today to take up the fight for justice.
In THE FUTURE OF AMERICA'S PAST, notable scholar Ed Ayers takes viewers to the sites of complex and evocative chapters in American history. Throughout the series, Ayers meets with public historians working to preserve the past, from National Park Service rangers to curators and community activists. He visits the sites - both familiar and unknown - of monumental events, and brings on guests who offer a range of perspectives.