It wasn’t Little Rock, but it wasn’t ‘easy’ either. In 1959, with 99 police officers present, four young Arlington students became the first African Americans to attend classes at Stratford Junior High School. Fifty years later, we look at the history of Virginia’s “Massive Resistance” campaign, its legacy in our local community, and hear directly from some of the students whose names appear in the history books.


  • Ron Deskins Former student at Stratford Junior High School
  • Gloria Thompson Former student at Stratford Junior High School
  • Heather Crocetto Archivist for Arlington Community Archives, Virginia Room, Arlington County Public Library
  • John Stuhldreher Television Producer, Arlington Educational Television; and documentary filmmaker, "It's Just Me"

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