Oakham School’s Duesbury Society recently welcomed Bradley Phipps, a PhD student from Leicester University, who gave an insightful and engaging talk entitled ‘White Resistance to Civil Rights and Racial Integration in 1950s/60s America’.
Teacher of History Mr Robert Evans tells us more:
"Bradley’s talk enlightened Sixth and Seventh form IB and A Level students (as well as some keen Fourth form) on the frequently overlooked role played by White Citizens’ Councils in resisting desegregation in the Deep South.
Students heard about how White Citizens’ Councils extended beyond the South to Northern states, attracting members through their outward social respectability.
The talk provided students with an alternative perspective to the traditional narrative of violent white supremacist organisations operating at the time, most notably the Ku Klux Klan.
Hopefully there will be some interesting ‘nuggets’ students can drop into their exam answers to set them apart from the competition!”