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"A Black History Month Tribute to My Most Memorable Mentor," By Superintendent Kevin Skelly

Image of Superintendent Skelly"There are times when I talk with my children about when I grew up and they are incredulous. For example, they can scarcely imagine a world without computers or a world in which the only phone one had was tethered to a wall. They have the same reaction when I describe my days growing up in Southwest Virginia. Roanoke was one of the most segregated cities in the country in terms of housing patterns, and the schools were rigidly divided by race. While Brown v Board of Education became the law of the land in 1954, the schools in Roanoke were not integrated until 1970, when I was in fifth grade. Integration created an environment wherein I was given life lessons and the inspiration to become an educator..." Read the entire tribute.

Posted by: Sheri Costa-Batis Published:2/2/17
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