Bolling 65th Anniversary:

The Past, Present, and Future of School Diversity in D.C.

On Sunday, May 19, 2019, LTLT held an event to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the historic D.C. school desegregation case Bolling v. Sharpe at Sousa Middle School—the school at the center of the court case. Bolling was a companion case to the four other cases consolidated into the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education.

This community event explored the history of school integration in D.C., fostered conversations on how to address issues of inequity, and developed next steps for creating a cohesive vision and movement for diverse, equitable, and inclusive schools for all students.

Full length videos of the panel discussions and other resources about Bolling and the event are below.

Expert Panel: Understanding Bolling and the History and Context of School Segregation in D.C.


  • Chelsea Coffin, Director of Education Policy Initiative, DC Policy Center
  • Elizabeth Davis, President, Washington Teachers’ Union
  • Janel George, Senior Policy Advisor, Learning Policy Institute (moderator)
  • Kimberly Springle, Executive Director, Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
  • Michaele Turnage Young, Senior Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  • Dr. Dawn Williams, Dean, Howard University School of Education

Student Fishbowl: Exploring What School Diversity and Equity Means in D.C.


  • Clare Berke, English teacher, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School (moderator)
  • Pauline Green-Williams, Junior, Benjamin Banneker Academic High School
  • Kaya Myers, Senior, Thurgood Marshall Academy
  • Tatiana Robinson, Senior, Ballou High School
  • Omare Omatete, Eighth-grader, Washington Latin Public Charter School

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