Girls in Class

Separate but Equal? Race-based Bias in Education

This is the ninth public discussion in our Freedom Stories series. Through performance and conversation with Emmy Award-winning storyteller, Bobby Norfolk; Langston Centre Supervisor, Adam Dickson; and Green McAdoo Cultural Center Director, Adam Velk, we examine the effects of segregation and integration—both positive and negative—on public education in Appalachia and how these still impact society today. The panel is moderated by Dr. Alicestyne Turley, Freedom Stories Project Director.

Closed Captioning is available by clicking the “CC” button on the bottom right of the screen.


Adam Dickson, MPA


Adam Dickson, MPA
Adam Dickson was raised in Washington County, Tennessee, graduating from David Crockett High School. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carson-Newman University and...
Bobby Norfolk


Bobby Norfolk
Bobby grew up a shy child in North St. Louis with a debilitating stutter. Son of an elevator operator and confectionery clerk, Norfolk’s future was hazy as a poor black...
Adam Velk, MA


Adam Velk, MA
Adam Velk is the Director of the Green McAdoo Cultural Center (GMCC), a nonprofit organization devoted to honoring and telling the history of the Clinton 12; the first students to...

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