Reactions to Justin Murphy's new book, "Your Children are Very Greatly in Danger"
Dana Miller was a tenth-grade student on the bus to his new school in 1971 when he saw a group of white parents along the street. He wondered if they were there to greet Black students like him. Instead, he saw the parents pull out bricks and baseball bats. Miller and his friends had to be escorted by police in to their school, escaping the rage of white adults. Fifty years later, Miller is a successful Rochester city official, but he vividly remembers seeing his hometown look a lot more like the better-known southern cities that struggled with racism and school integration.
So what can we learn from this? We're joined by guests who can recount their own stories and help local schools look forward. Our guests:
- Ed Cavalier, retired principal of East High School
- Dana Miller, commissioner of the Department of Neighborhood and Business Development for the City of Rochester
- Justin Murphy, author of "Your Children are Very Greatly in Danger: School Segregation in Rochester, New York," and education reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle