A Girl Stands at the Door: The Generation of Young Women Who Desegregated America's Schools

Historic DeKalb Courthouse presented by Creative Flame Media

Sunday, 2:30-3:15

The struggle to desegregate America’s schools was a grassroots movement, and young women were its vanguard. In A Girl Stands at the Door, historian Rachel Devlin tells the remarkable stories of these desegregation pioneers. She also explains why black girls were seen, and saw themselves, as responsible for the difficult work of reaching across the color line in public schools. Highlighting the extraordinary bravery of young black women, this bold revisionist account illuminates today’s ongoing struggles for equality.


Rachel Devlin


Rachel Devlin is an award-winning historian and Associate Professor at Rutgers University whose scholarly interests are in the cultural politics of girlhood, sexuality, and race in the Postwar United States. She is the author of Relative Intimacy: Fathers, Adolescent Daughters, and Postwar American Culture.


Jim Auchmutey

Jim Auchmutey is author of The Class of '65, a story of the civil rights passage in Georgia set at Koinonia, the Christian farming community that was the birthplace of Habitat for Humanity. He is a veteran journalist who spent almost 30 years as a writer and editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His next book, coming out in 2019, is Barbecue Nation: An Illustrated History of the Great American Food, a companion volume to an exhibition that will be at the Atlanta History Center museum for the next year.