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Arlington Co. Honors Struggle for School Integration

Arlington County is hosting a film screening and community conversation about the historic fight black residents waged to desegregate Stratford Junior High School, which presently houses H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program.

The screening and conversation, which will be held in H-B Woodlawn’s Stratford Auditorium, located at 4100 Vacation Lane, Arlington, is slated for Tuesday, Feb. 2, with the film screening starting at 6 p.m. and the community conversation set for 7:30 p.m.

“It’s Just Me…The Integration of the Arlington Public Schools” is the documentary that will be screened. And at least two of the four black students who were the first to attend Stratford in 1959, Michael Jones and Gloria Thompson, will join community activists, Arlington residents and other members of the community in the conversation following the screening.

Drew Costley of the Falls Church News-Press, a 2004 graduate of H-B Woodlawn, will be the moderator for the community conversation. For more information, visit