Gloria D. Thompson

Description:

Gloria D. Thompson was born in 1946 to parents Clarence and Ethel Thompson. The Thompson family lived in Arlington's African American Hall's Hill neighborhood. Her mother Ethel was involved with the NAACP and added her children to Arlington's school integration cases. On February 2, 1959 twelve-year-old Gloria became one of four black students, and the only female, to integrate Arlington's Stratford Junior High School. She joined fellow Hall's Hill residents Ronald Deskins, Michael Jones, and Lance Newman. Stratford was the first school to integrate in the state of Virginia. After participating in such a major Civil Rights victory, Gloria continued her activism as a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Collection:

Civil Rights


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Source:

“Text of Judge Bryan’s Ruling on Arlington” The Evening Star, September 17, 1958. J. Lindsay Almond Papers, Box 27, Virginia Historical Society.

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Citation

“Gloria D. Thompson,” Built By the People Themselves, accessed October 17, 2017, http://lindseybestebreurtje.org/arlingtonhistory/items/show/75.

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