Original Author: With Good Reason, a program of Virginia Humanities
Created: April 23, 2011

Barred from High School during Massive Resistance

Larissa Smith Fergeson, a history professor at Longwood University in Farmville and the university's liaison to the Robert Russa Moton Museum, interviews Charles Taylor, whose education was interrupted by the policy known as Massive Resistance. Taylor, then a high school student in Prince Edward County, was not permitted to return to school in the autumn of 1959 when the county government closed its public schools rather than desegregate them. Taylor earned his high school diploma at Kittrell College in North Carolina. This audio clip is an excerpt from an interview that originally aired on April 23, 2011, on With Good Reason, a radio program produced by Virginia Humanities and hosted by Sarah McConnell.