• A Girl Stands at the Door

  • The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools
  • By: Rachel Devlin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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A Girl Stands at the Door

By: Rachel Devlin
Narrated by: Robin Miles
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Publisher's summary

2019 Lillian Smith Book Award

2019 Darlene Clark Hine

2019 Kansas Notable Book

A new history of school desegregation in America, revealing how girls and women led the fight for interracial education

The struggle to desegregate America's schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In the late 1940s, parents began to file desegregation lawsuits with their daughters, forcing Thurgood Marshall and other civil rights lawyers to take up the issue and bring it to the Supreme Court.

After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, girls far outnumbered boys in volunteering to desegregate formerly all-white schools. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools.

Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today's ongoing struggles for equality.

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©2018 Rachel Devlin (P)2018 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"Revelatory...Devlin reminds us that the task of publicly and constitutionally challenging racial discrimination in education was laid on the bodies of black girls. This is a reality with which America has yet to reckon."—New York Times Book Review

"[A] groundbreaking new work of recovered history...Devlin, a Rutgers University historian, spent ten years tracking down and interviewing dozens of women who endured harassment and abuse to desegregate schools, whether or not their lawsuits prevailed...Devlin's chronicle...promises to reignite public conversation and debate about racial disparities in public education."—Smithsonian

"Fascinating...Devlin is the first historian to demonstrate that, collectively, girls were the vanguard of the struggle against Jim Crow in education."—New York Review of Books

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