Friends of the Old Dominion University Libraries

Events and Exhibits

Friends Fall Forum

"Who Will Remember Hampton Roads’ School Desegregation? Old Dominion University Libraries’ Role in Preserving History."

Join us in room 151 of the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library on Thursday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m., to hear Sonia Yaco, the University Libraries’ Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, speak on “Who Will Remember Hampton Roads’ School Desegregation?   Old Dominion University Libraries’ Role in Preserving History.”

A century from now, will school desegregation in Virginia be a forgotten story?   If we don't do a better job of saving our records, it will be.  Currently few of the records of school desegregation in Virginia are publicly available.  Ms. Yaco founded and co-chairs a state wide organization, Desegregation Of Virginia Education (DOVE), that seeks to identify, locate and preserve records that document Virginia’s school desegregation process.   ODU Libraries leads this year old organization which includes members from 18 institutions in Virginia, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.   Special Collections and University Archives currently has one of the largest collections of school desegregation in the Commonwealth.   This material has been used as the basis of two recent books on Hampton Roads school desegregation, including Hampton Roads: Remembering Our Schools, which Ms. Yaco co-authored.  Ms. Yaco will discuss how we can preserve our history so that the 100th anniversary of the end of Massive Resistance is not commemorated with silence.

This event is free, and open to the public.

Free parking is available in Parking Garage B on 43rd Street, next to the Perry Library.

For further information, please contact Alice McAdory at 683-3685, or by e-mail at