Civil Rights Leaders Share Stories with Local Students


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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Rockingham County students are thanking a group for helping give the Civil Rights Movement momentum 63 years ago this month.

They helped with the student-led strike at R.R. Moton High School in Farmville in 1951 to challenge segregation laws.

For Joan Cobbs, it was an emotional day to experience and one she's glad to tell people about. Her sister led the strike.

Now Cobbs is sharing how diversity is a good thing with local high school students.

"People need to realize that each individual is a person who can make a contribution to to society. It doesn't matter the color of your skin or any other thing," shared Cobbs.

The group visited Spotswood and Turner Ashby High Schools Tuesday to tell a story that one educator said these kids need to hear.

"I taught U.S. History for 11 years. There's no greater lesson in history than actually hearing it from the people who helped write that history," added Beau Dickenson, who leads history and social science education with the school district.

Joy Cabarrus Speakes, Reverend. J. Samuel Williams, John Watson, and Joan Cobbs all shared their stories with the students.


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