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The first day of school in September 1959, finds the state of Virginia's Arlington County public schools integrated for the first time. That is to say that three schools, formerly all-white, one elementary, one junior high and one high school, have allowed a select few Negro students to attend. Wynn Horry Junior, known as Junior, is one of the six Negro students going to Arlington High and he has already become friends with Clifford Peterson, the white son of an upper-middle -class State Department family living in North Arlington near the high school.
Junior, like Cliff, is a smart, articulate young man who does not necessarily fit the notion of how others might see him. Junior and Cliff have known each other since the summer of 1958 when the Peterson family first returned to the United States after a long tour abroad and Junior began cutting their grass. The friendship that develops between the two teens is more than most might be able to handle and they keep their friendship private. At this time when America was changing--the advent of the Civil Rights movement and the dawn of the Space Race - for the most part, African-Americans and whites were going off in different directions and there was yet no road map to explore certain other areas of life!
ISBN : 978-1-80074-114-0
Pages : 327
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers
Mark F. Johnson loves American history, particularly the period of the middle twentieth century, from the 1950s through the 1970s when there was so much social transformation in the United States. As an American of African descent, he is particularly interested in the Civil Rights struggle that found its legs and began its march forward during this time. Also, he has an interest in international affairs and has studied the period during which many countries in Africa became independent of Europe about this same time. Mark has worked extensively in American politics including his work in the United States Senate and also for a Presidential re-election campaign. Mark has worked on the staff of one major US newspaper and he has also been a freelance writer for several local papers in both Chicago and Washington, DC. Mark is a native of Washington, DC and has lived as well in Chicago where he went to graduate school and New York City
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