2018-01-17 / Letters

McLeod’s fight to desegregate schools ‘compelling’

The story of Nellie McLeod’s attempt to allow her children to attend the school near their home rather than the designated black school (“‘Couldn’t be broken,’” Jan. 3) is a compelling and embarrassing account of the ongoing attempts to keep Chesterfield schools segregated. I had never heard of Mrs. McLeod. It is sad that recognition came to her, apparently, on the occasion of her death. I did know Yvette Ridley and the leadership role that she played, particularly in Democratic politics.

Rich Griset’s story mentioned some prominent Chesterfield names in connection with the attempts to keep schools segregated. But it also mentions others such as former state Sen. Henry Marsh and Samuel Tucker, counsel for the NAACP, who successfully helped Mrs. McLeod with her challenges on behalf of her children.

What a perky lady she must have been to tell the Ku Klux Klan threatener not to mess up her newly mulched lawn. I wish I had known her. Thanks to Griset’s excellent story, we can all know her a bit now and respect her tenacity on behalf of her children and thousands of children since.

Nancy Finch

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