HERE IS THE FIRST ONE OF SO MANY:
Quotations about Barbara
". . the schoolchild origins of the lawsuit were lost as well on nearly [everyone] outside Prince Edward County. ... The idea that non-adults of any race might play a leading role in political events had simply failed to register on anyone — except perhaps the Klansmen who burned a cross in the Johns' yard one night, and even then people thought their target might not have been Barbara but her notorious firebrand uncle."
"When Barbara Johns and her fellow Moton High School students challenged the deplorable and unequal conditions they daily confronted in their school in April, 1951, they set in motion a remarkable chain of events that culminated in the end of racial segregation in America."
"In a very real way, and in a way that is not an exaggeration, the Civil Rights Movement was born on a spring day in Prince Edward County at Moton High School."
"There are few historical events that have helped shape American culture more than the 1951 student walkout in Prince Edward County. In teaching the history of this event to our students, Fuqua School focuses on four lessons we believe are central to the event itself and to our subsequent collective experience: change can be brought about through focused, deliberate action, event through the action of young people; idealism energy, passion and commitment are qualities that empower leaders; institutional change, while complex, is possible; dialogue opens doors to understanding that can bring people together.
"The Moton students of 1951 epitomize citizen leaders and serve as shining examples to our students of how ordinary citizens have the power to create extraordinary change in our democracy."