This is to invite you to participate in a project to document Virginia history. The Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) project seeks to preserve the records and memories of the participants in the integration of schools in Virginia from the 1940s to the 1980s. The children affected by the decisions made by the various authorities are now in their 50s, 60s and 70s. It is imperative to interview these people before their memories have faded completely. The physical records of these events, both public and private, may also be endangered and need to be cataloged and protected for current and future researchers.
The DOVE project team includes faculty and staff from many Virginia universities and colleges, as well as from the National Archives and Records Administration. We are inviting history, education, sociology and other humanities professors from all corners of the state to participate in this project by actively serving on a regional team; surveying records from local repositories and individuals, including but not limited to those found in school boards, local archives and historical societies; and/or overseeing oral history projects. We feel as though the DOVE project would fit many college and university programs by offering the chance of students to conduct interviews and undertake original research into the racial inequalities of Virginia public education prior to 1986, as well as understand the importance of the preservation of historical documentary records.
A training session will be held in Arlington, Friday, May 27, 10 am – 4 pm in the Arlington Central Library Auditorium at 1015 North Quincy Street, Arlington (703-228-5990). Lunch will be on your own, but there are a number of restaurant options in the area. There is free parking on site, and the library is a short walk from the Ballston and Virginia Square Metro stations.
The workshop is sponsored by the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commission.
Please RSVP to:
DOVE Northern Virginia Chair:
Robert Vay, George Mason University