Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism and a sweeping family narrative, this provocative true story reveals a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate and closed its public schools. The community’s white leaders quickly established the private Prince Edward Academy, commandeering supplies from the shuttered public schools to use for their all-white classrooms, while black parents scrambled to find alternative education for their children for five years.
Kristen Green attended Prince Edward Academy without knowledge of its shameful past. As she peels back the layers of this haunting period, her own family’s role—no less complex and painful—comes to light, producing a dramatic chronicle that explores our troubled racial past and its reverberations today, and a timeless story about compassion, forgiveness, and the meaning of home.
Freshman Common Read: Mary Washington University, Elon University, College of William and Mary, Winthrop University