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Historical Group Planning Desegregation Event

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - John R. Wright and the rest of the Huguenots and New RochelleHistorical Association are currently planning a commemorative event entitled "Remembering the Fight against School Segregation." Festivities will get underway August 7 at 1 p.m. in the Thomas Paine Cottage Museum, which is at 20 Sicard Avenue.

The association will host Sam and Joan Goldstein (ages 91 and 89)  one couple still alive from the segregation era "who helped lead the fight to end school segregation in New Rochelle fifty years ago," according to information from Wright and the association.

Along with first-hand accounts and information on how the hard-fought sentimental victory paved the way for desegregation in all school districts throughout the United States, there will be guitar performances, and songs recited by Joan when protesting the unequal educational practices and people's enduring ability to overcome obstacles and roadblocks.

This event also notes the significant roll of the New Rochelle community in the fight because the city was the first one in the state of New York, and first of a northern state to desegregate its schools.

"We are commemorating that milestone and we are commemorating just one of the couples," said Wright.

The Goldstein's were asked for their participation in next month's event after discussion among association board members at their monthly meeting.

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