Can the past repeat itself?

October 15, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

Link to KET video of Audrey Grevious - needs RealPlayerLink to KET video of Audrey Grevious - needs RealPlayerOn October 14 I attended the on this site AASRP Race Dialogues “Sisters in the Struggle” and watched the video focusing on Lexington educator and civil rights activist, Audrey Grevious. It really interested me how she took a stance against segregation. She became president of the local NAACP and decided to change Lexington. It is remarkable how she was able to change the schools, lunch counters, and jobs. She fought for so much change and was able to create it, but as we talked to Valinda Livingston and she stated her situations with racism and even in the early 90s still having situations with segregation among the schools. When Mrs. Livingston stated how the principal called her for advice on how to teach and discipline African American children because they were going to start busing the students it really suprised me. Segregation ending in 1954 with Brown v. Board of Education and to see from her story that Lexington was still going not all the way integrated with their school systems and almost appalled me. Also Mrs. Grevious in her interview was see that things were slowly going back to the past and that she would not like to see that happen, and in some instances from the video and the story from Mrs. Livingston it sees that things are slowly going back to those ways. My question is do you really think history can repeat itself?

4 responses to Can the past repeat itself?

  1. “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

    Just might be some truth to this quote, lest we not forget!

  2. Each child should be afforded the same opportunities as any other. It is devastating to think a child on one side of town will not be afforded the same education and opportunities as another. Mrs. Livingston opened my eyes and inspired me to be a part of trying to change things.

  3. Growing up in a primarily white society, I was never really given the chance to hear personal stories from African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement. I too attended the Oral History of Audrey Gervious and was moved by how different life was then.

  4. I do believe the past can repeat itself in some instances, but I would really hope that such discrimination of one particular race would not be one of those instances. I am studying to be a high school teacher and I really want to teach in a lower income school, particularly in Washington D.C., because I truly believe that everyone deserves equal opportunities. I can’t imagine teaching or treating a student differently for any reason at all, especially their race. As a high school history teacher I hope I can educate my students so this ugly part of our history is never repeated.

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