Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

Department

History

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

To gain a deeper understanding of the historical context and development of the Civil Rights Movement nationwide, this project analyzes the desegregation of the City of Bowling Green, Kentucky. Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas declared segregation deprived minority groups of equality in 1954, and the first implementation of the ruling in the United States followed with Willis v. Walker out of Adair County, Kentucky in 1955. The desegregation of Bowling Green schools, however, did not come until 1963 with Willie Larry Lawrence, et al. v. Bowling Green, Kentucky Board of Education et al.. The analyzation of relevant legal documents, news media, and societal reactions to Lawrence in Bowling Green enables a greater appreciation of the story of school desegregation in South Central Kentucky.

Advisor(s) or Committee Chair

Dr. Patricia Minter

Disciplines

History

Included in

History Commons

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