VA. NAACP files a lawsuit against Shenandoah County School Board

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The Virginia State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (VA.NAACP) filed a lawsuit against the Shenandoah County School Board June 11.

The lawsuit alleges the school board violated the U.S. Constitution’s Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically Title 6.

The VA. NAACP allergies the reinstatement of confederate names of two schools violates the Equal Education Opportunity Act.

The School Board voted 5 to 1 on May 9 to revert to the names Stonewall Jackson and Ashby Lee to the High and Elementary Schools respectively.

As a result of the vote the President of the VA. NAACP Reverend Cozy Bailey believes the School Board reaffirmed their commitment to White Supremacy.

Bailey states that the school board is celebrating a race-based rebellion against the United States with their vote.

The law firm of Covington and Burling along with the Washington Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs is representing the Virginia State Conference of the NAACP.

The firms are acting on behalf of itself and members impacted by the actions of the Shenandoah County School Board.

The firms are filing on behalf of the families of students who attend Shenandoah County Schools.

According to the complaint, forcing black students to attend a school honoring confederate leaders creates a school environment that denies them an equal opportunity to an education.

The action action taken by the Shenandoah County School Board violates black students right to equal protection under the 14 amendment.

The action also violates the student’s first amendment right of free speech according to the complaint.

The Shenandoah County High School was constructed in 1959 initially as an all-white school.

The construction took place five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Brown Vs. Board of Education case.

It wasn’t until the 1963-64 school year that the first black students were enrolled in the school according to the NAACP press release.

The full complaint from the VA. NAACP is found here.

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