In the Blackseat

S3E2 | In the Blackseat | School Integration

March 16, 2022 Liz M. Season 3 Episode 2
In the Blackseat
S3E2 | In the Blackseat | School Integration
Show Notes

Most everyone is familiar with the story of Ruby Bridges, a little Black girl who integrated her school in Louisiana at just six years old (her first day was immortalized in a Norman Rockwell painting, underscoring just how tiny she was.) 

But we also know that there were hundreds of segregated schools in America, which means there are dozens more Ruby Bridges who were little warriors, just like her. I am excited for you to meet Ms. Shondolyn Small, one of the first Black students to attend her town’s all white school. One of the most impactful parts of our conversation was the visceral response she had to the memories. 

Our conversation covered the impact of race in her small town Alabama, colorism and the concept of the “acceptable Negro”, and the lifelong effects of racial trauma. You will be charmed by her sweet spirit, and inspired to hear all of the victories she has achieved along the way. You will also be TOUCHED to hear about her past and current heroes. If you’re ready, buckle up - Let’s go!