Three of the first students to integrate Charleston's schools will speak on a panel today at the College of Charleston.

The discussion will be held at 11 a.m. at the College of Charleston's School of Education, Health and Human Performance Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St. It is free and open to the public.

The talk is one of three events being held as part of a lecture series on the history of desegregation in Charleston. The goal is to generate a discussion about how the community can move forward in providing a quality education to all students.

“This lecture series will explain the important role Charleston played in shaping American education,” said Jon Hale, College of Charleston assistant professor of educational history, in a statement. “While Charleston is home to activism that led to the Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 and desegregated schools, it is also the site of resistance that maintained a segregated system of education for a significant part of our community.”

The first lecture was held Wednesday night, and the final event will be tonight at 6 at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, 125 Bull St. The theme of that talk is, “Affirmative Action and the New Color Line: Fisher v. University of Texas and Public Discourse about Race in Educational Policy.”

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