Memorial at Capitol will pay tribute to those who fought for desegregation (Virginia)

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Joy Cabarrus Speakes was among the Robert R. Moton High School students who in 1951 walked out of the Farmville school to protest the facilities to which black students were relegated.

Children such as Speakes manned the front lines in the battle for school desegregation, in many cases unknowingly taking up the torch for a greater civil-rights movement in this country.

It's those youths who will be honored at Virginia's Civil Rights Memorial in Capitol Square, on the grounds of the former Confederate capitol.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine noted yesterday at the groundbreaking that youngsters were involved in many pivotal moments of the civil-rights movement.

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