Sarasota School Desegregation

By: Sarah Kroth | School desegregation in Sarasota County was a long and arduous process fraught with court battles, inaction, and boycotts. It started with the passage of Brown vs. Board in 1954, and took nearly two decades and several legal cases before Sarasota County could begin to claim to be an integrated school system. After the Supreme Court handed down the decision, which mandated … Continue reading Sarasota School Desegregation

Beach Integration

By: Sarah Kroth | One of the most popular tourist attractions in Sarasota had once been a spot of contention for Sarasota civil rights activists. In October 1955 the local NAACP chapter, headed by its President Neil Humphrey, organized visits to Lido Beach in protest of the City Commission’s refusal to either open a beach for solely African American use, or integrate the Whites Only … Continue reading Beach Integration