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San Domingo is a small African American community just west of Salisbury, MD. And, there among the tall trees sits what was once the Sharptown Colored School. Built in 1919 it was one of some 5,000 such schools built for African Americans during the time of Jim Crow. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has this look at the school and the community it served.

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The Indian River School District says it is not dumping students as punishment into the George Washington Carver Academy.

The district is responding to an amended lawsuit by a group that promotes educational opportunities for minorities.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the original suit was filed on behalf of five students who said their rights were being violated under the 14th amendment and the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

It has since added two more students to the suit.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - A long-running dispute involving Maryland's historically black colleges has cost the Maryland Higher Education Commission millions.

The Baltimore Sun reports the commission has spent more than $2.2 million defending itself in the lawsuit, according to records provided to the paper under a Public Information Act request. The paper reports that about $925,000 went to law firm Venable LLP and $1.3 million to Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia is participating in an effort aimed at reducing the use of segregation and restrictive housing in its prisons.

The Virginia Department of Corrections says Virginia is one of five states that have recently joined the Safe Alternatives to Segregation Initiative of the Vera Institute of Justice.

The department says Virginia will be assessed on how it uses restrictive housing and then will work with Vera to come up with ways to reduce its use.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Virginia school division has decided to remove a prominent segregationist's name from a school building.

The Henrico County school board voted 5-0 Thursday to strip Harry F. Byrd's name from a suburban Richmond middle school following a petition drive and overwhelming public condemnation of the school's name.

Byrd was a governor, U.S. senator and powerful political force in 20th century Virginia. He also attempted to keep the state's public schools separated by race after U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down racially segregated schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A movement is growing to remove the name of Virginia's foremost defender of school segregation from a Richmond-era middle school.

Harry F. Byrd was Virginia's leading political figure from the 1920s through the 1960s.

But some parents and students, along with African-Americans who once attended segregated schools, are asking a suburban Richmond school board to erase Byrd's name from the building. The Henrico County school board could act as soon as Thursday.

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Ruth Starr Rose painted what are considered to be some of the most significant portraits of an African American family on the Eastern Shore. A white woman who lived in Talbot County she rendered these paintings and images at a time when Jim Crow was in full swing. In part 2 of our series Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explores the activism in her art and her work as one of the most significant artists to depict the stories of Negro spirituals. Her work is on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture in Baltimore through April 3rd.

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Delaware marked Martin Luther King Junior day with parades and ceremonies.

In Wilmington seven high schools held a contest that included speeches, poetry and rap on how King had affected their hopes and dreams.

One 15-year old told the Wilmington News Journal that King was the foundation for a better future.

The event was sponsored by the YWCA Delaware and Christ Church Christiana Hundred.

Meanwhile, the Wilmington Riverside neighborhood saw around a 100 volunteers create a 882 square-foot mural at the Kingswood Community Center depicting their experiences.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A school board is studying whether to rename a Henrico middle school named after one of the architects of a set of policies that aggressively pushed back against court-ordered integration of public schools in the 1950s and 1960s.

The Washington Post reports that the Henrico County school board on Thursday directed Superintendent Patrick C. Kinlaw to study the financial impact of changing the name of Harry F. Byrd Middle School after several people spoke in favor of the change.

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Concerns are now being expressed in Delaware that allowing charter schools to give preference to students who live within five miles of their facility is leading to the resegregration of neighborhoods.

Representative John Kowalko says that Newark Charter School with almost 2000 students is producing de facto segregation because it sits in a mostly white affluent part of the city.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that Newark is the only charter school that uses the preference and will soon become a full K-through-12 facility.