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Retired Havre de Grace educator leads teachers in tour of civil rights sites in the South

Retired Havre de Grace educator leads teachers in tour of civil rights sites in the South

African-Americans living in the South under Jim Crow segregation in the 20th century faced, according to retired university educator William B. Allen, “injustice, oppression, terrorism,” but they persevered and overcame those factors during the civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s.

That theme of overcoming entrenched racism and segregation “emerged as a very dramatic truth” as Allen, of Havre de Grace, led 45 teachers from throughout the United States on a tour of civil rights historic sites in the South earlier this month.

“It didn’t mean we didn’t internalize high standards for ourselves,” said Allen, 74, who is black and grew up in segregated Fernandina Beach,...

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