We Face the Dawn: Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow
Join VFH Fellow, author, and retired journalist Margaret Edds for the launch of her latest book, We Face the Dawn, which offers the first comprehensive account of the South’s most significant grassroots legal team and how it successfully challenged racial separation in the 1940s and 1950s.
Virginians Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson initiated and argued one of the five cases that combined into the landmark Brown v. Board of Education, but their influence extends far beyond that single case. They were part of a small brotherhood that conceived and executed the NAACP’s assault on racial separation in education, transportation, housing, and voting.
We Face the Dawn broadens our awareness of lesser-known figures who played pivotal roles in the civil rights movement. At a time when numerous schools have re-segregated and the prospects of many minority children appear bleak, Hill and Robinson’s remarkably effective campaign against various forms of racial segregation can inspire a new generation to embrace educational opportunity as the birthright of every American child.
This event is free and open to the public. Reception: 5:30–6:00 PM. Author talk: 6:00–7:00 PM. Book signing 7:00–7:15 PM.