"Wit, Will, and Walls" Tells of Fight to Desegregate

By: Chay Lee
By: Chay Lee

Black History Month brought a freedom fighter to the Valley. Lecturer Betty Kilby Fisher spoke in Edinburg about her book "Wit Will and Walls."

It chronicles her life beginning with the critical role that she and her father played to get schools in Warren County to admit black students. After the national desegregation decision, the Virginia governor closed down schools rather than let black children in.

Kilby, her father and 21 other black students led the fight to get Warren County schools open again.

"In my book, I tell why my father did what he did, what we went through and how we overcame, so the book is historical educational and informational," said Kilby.

The book also details how she climbed the corporate ladder to top-level management positions in two different companies.


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