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Fighting for Equal Teacher Rights

October 14, 2010 in 1940s-1950s, Economic history, Intellectual history

Since I’m studying to be a high school teacher, I found this website really cool. It’s all about different African American teachers teaching in Kentucky during the Civil Rights Movement.

http://www.uky.edu/Libraries/NKAA/subject.php?sub_id=33

The very first story caught my eye. It’s about Vallateen Virginia Dudley Abbington. First of all, her name is awesome. Second of all, she went against the norm and fought for equal pay rights for African American teachers. They were getting 15% less pay than white teachers. That’s a ridiculous gap between the two paychecks. The lawsuit went to the Federal Court District. The school board told Abbington that if she dropped her case they would equal the pay for all. She did and ever since then, it’s been equal.

However, I think it’s unfortunate that they had to pretty much bribe her out of what she was standing up for. I’m glad it ended up being equal in the end, but they basically disregarded what she was fighting for.

2 responses to Fighting for Equal Teacher Rights

  1. I concur with what you say. She not only had a awesome name, but what she did for the African American community as a whole is a great thing. Over the years, there is no telling how much more money African American teachers have earned from the 15% increase due to her hard work and refusal to back down.

  2. She was my aunt and was an incredible woman!

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