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Remembering death of Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted: Saturday, March 31, 2018 12:00 am

Spring was beautiful in Richmond, Virginia. I had come from “Tarheelia” almost two years before with a husband entering a masters degree program at RPI (now Virginia Commonwealth University). My own “PHT” degree (Putting Hubby Through) entailed teaching in a two year sequential kindergarten-first grade program at Ginter Park Elementary School just inside the city limits, near the next county “bedroom community” where we lived. The school was in an older, still predominantly white neighborhood in transition; its former elegance once featured PTA meetings with (all-white) gowned hostesses serving from silver coffee/tea sets and sliver serving trays. Now the teaching staff had some diversity as well as the student population. I never witnessed the slightest problem with that in the Capitol of the Confederacy.

But I supposed the idea of the possibility — however implausible — was there. One day in the teacher’s lunchroom (my only break), an older fifth grade teacher told me a tale from the previous day.

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