Wilcox County Head Start one of first in the US 1965

Head Start, also known as pre-school, was one of the greatest programs and most successful programs of the War on Poverty. Due to the hard work of Dan Harrell and others, Wilcox County, Alabama was one of the first counties in the nation to launch a Head Start, right in the midst of the fiercest struggle for the right to vote, for decent schools and for employment opportunities for the majority African American residents, who were denied all these rights. Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) project SCOPE (Summer Community Organization and Political Education) volunteer Ann Nesbitt and San Francisco Theological Seminary student Yvonne Young were the very first white volunteers. Please leave a comment if you know the names of any of the children or of the head teacher in these photos by John Worcester, also of the SF Theological Seminary. The seminarians were part of the National Board of the Presbyterian Church outreach to support the civil rights struggle though education and with efforts at reconciliation with the white community. – As told to Maria Gitin by John Golden and John Worcester, seminarian participants. Taken July 1965, Camden AL

Head Start Picnic July 1965

Head Start Picnic
July 1965

Head Start Kids Enjoy Picnic

Head Start Kids Enjoy Picnic

Head Start Picnic July 1965

Head Start Picnic
July 1965

40 Pre-school Picnic

2 comments on “Wilcox County Head Start one of first in the US 1965

  1. Anntwinette says:

    This is my grandma she was the second person in the voting line!!!!!!!

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