Hidden History: The Norfolk 17
The members of the Norfolk 17 were the true heroes of the school integration struggle in Norfolk, Virginia. On February 2, 1959 they entered six of the previously all-white public schools in the city, persevering in the face of intense racial animosity.
One of the students, Dr. Patricia Turner, is keeping their legacy alive. Now 74, Turner spends her time telling students throughout Hampton Roads the story of their sacrifice and hard work.
Prior to her eighth grade year in 1958, she went through a tedious selection process which required standardized tests, a psychiatric evaluation and school board interviews for three days.
Listen to Dr. Turner speak about her experience