Olivia Ferguson McQueen

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Olivia Ferguson McQueen

Olivia Ferguson McQueen is a civil rights pioneer who at the age of 16 in 1958 challenged Charlottesville's segregation of schools. Her work led the federal district court judge's decision to close the all-white Lane High School instead of integrating the school. The closing of the school forced McQueen to seek other means to finish her senior year of high school. 54 years later, Charlottesville City Schools awarded McQueen with her high school diploma on May 25, 2013.[1] Later that year, McQueen was invited to the White House and met with President Obama in appreciation of her help in desegregating Virginian schools.[2]

McQueen went on to receive a bachelor's degree in childhood education from the now Hampton University and a master's degree in education from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.[3]

McQueen is the daughter of George R Ferguson and the granddaughter of George R Ferguson Sr..

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  1. Web. Charlottesville awards diploma 54 years after Massive Resistance, Aaron Richardson, Daily Progress, 25 May 2013, retrieved 28 February 2014.
  2. Web. Obama thanks Olivia Ferguson McQueen for her help desegregating Virginia schools, The Washington Post, 06/26/2013
  3. Web. Olivia Ferguson McQueen, Strong Men and Women in Virginia History, retrieved 28 February 2014.

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