Documentary filmmaker Peter Gilbert unearths the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education -- where it was ruled that "in the field of public education, ...
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Documentary filmmaker Peter Gilbert unearths the legacy of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education -- where it was ruled that "in the field of public education, the doctrine of 'separate but equal' has no place" -- via never-before-heard stories from people directly responsible for, and greatly affected by, the original case. Written by
"With All Deliberate Speed" is a work that still has relevance even 52 years after the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education. And, the film has added meaning for me, since I grew up in Prince Edward County, Virginia, living in the town of Farmville. While I was too young to remember the exact details of May 17, 1954, I do remember its most fateful aftermath for me, the closing of the Prince Edward County public schools.
In the spring of 1959, I had just completed the 3rd grade and was looking forward to a long Southern summer. What I did not know was that during the next 3 months, the county school board would close all schools in the county rather than integrate. The next fall I began attending classes literally put together in a matter of weeks.
"With All Deliberate Speed" takes me back to those early days and presents a side of this time in our history that needs to be remembered. I commend the producers of this film for effectively exploring this subject matter and helping me to better understand this turbulent period of my own childhood. It is a time I will never forget.
This film should be seen by everyone.
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