Date(s) - October 18
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Free event, but registration is requested, as space is limited. Please complete the booking form at the bottom of the page.
This panel discussion, in conjunction with exhibitions at Updike Farmstead and Princeton Public Library, commemorates the 70th anniversary of the “Princeton Plan,” a school integration process that went on to be nationally recognized. The discussion will contextualize the event in the broader context of desegregation and highlight the local impact of the Princeton Plan. Featured speakers are Kevin M. Kruse, Professor of History at Princeton University, and local historian Shirley Satterfield, a member of the first integrated class at Nassau Street School.
Kevin M. Kruse is a Professor of History at Princeton University. He specializes in the political, social, and urban/suburban history of twentieth-century America, with a particular interest in conflicts over race, rights and religion and the making of modern conservatism. He is the author of several books, including One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, and the upcoming Fault Lines: A History of the United States since 1974 (W.W. Norton, January 2019), which was co-written with Julian Zelizer. Kevin is currently conducting research for his new book, The Division: John Doar, the Justice Department, and the Civil Rights Movement.
Shirley Satterfield is a resident of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and was member of the first integrated class at Nassau School. Ms. Satterfield attended Rider College, then went on to Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C., where she studied elementary education. She earned her master’s degree at Trenton State College (now the College of New Jersey). She served as a guidance counselor at Princeton High School for 14 years, before retiring in 2000. She is a past Trustee and avid supporter of the Historical Society of Princeton, and the head of the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society.
Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education and Genocide Studies.
This documentary, produced by Damon Williams, was filmed in 1999 for the 50th anniversary of the Princeton Plan: