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        Barbara Johns of Farmville, Virginia

        This video segment from The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow highlights the struggle to desegregate schools in the era of Jim Crow. In 1951, in the town of Farmville, Virginia, students at Robert Russa Moton High School called a strike, asserting their opposition to the deplorable conditions of their school compared to the white-only school. Led by the student activist Barbara Johns, students held a school strike, marched into the superintendent’s office, and demanded a better school. When the NAACP heard of the students’ cause, the organization provided support, and ultimately added the Farmville case to their challenge against Jim Crow.

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