〉Pitched as The Help meets The Color Purple, the true story chronicles a town in Virginia that refused to desegregate their schools.
Award-winning journalist Kristen Green is out with her first book SOMETHING MUST BE DONE ABOUT PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY: A FAMILY, A VIRGINIA TOWN, A CIVIL RIGHTS BATTLE. Part memoir, part history, the provocative true story chronicles a little-known chapter of American history: the period after the Brown v. Board of Education decision when one Virginia school system refused to integrate. Pitched as The Help meets The Color Purple, film rights are currently being shopped across town.
Green combines hard-hitting investigative journalism with a sweeping family narrative to tell the story of her hometown, Farmville, Virginia and Prince Edward Academy, which did not admit black students until 1986. Rather than desegregate, Prince Edward County closed its public schools, but quickly opened a private academy, only admitting white students. Green tells the stories of families divided by the school closures and of the 1,700 black children denied an education.
Green, a longtime newspaper reporter, was recognized by Media General for her local news writing at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in 2011, has been awarded the Best of Gannett Outstanding Achievement in Writing, and her work has been recognized by the San Diego Society of Professional Journalists and the National Headliner Awards.
Kristen McRobbie | Staff Writer