February 16, 2011

Education and Equality Through the Peabody Lens: “The Search for Quality Education: Busing”

A 1972 Peabody Award-winning film looks at busing for school integration in the South with Athens as one of the communities featured. The film includes comments by UGA’s Dean William Tate, Clarke County Board of Education attorney Eugene Epting, and Clarke County School Superintendent Charles McDaniel. A segment focusing on Oglethorpe Avenue School includes an interview with Principal Estelle Farmer, footage of Bridget Withers’ 4th grade class, and scenes from an Oglethorpe PTA meeting. After the film, former Athens Mayor Doc Eldridge and former state Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond will recount what it was like to attend a newly desegregated Athens high school.