Celebrating Diversity

In observance of African American Heritage Month, UMUC invites you to a discussion of the history of school desegregation in Prince George's County, Maryland, during the two decades following Brown v. Board of Education, with guest speaker Avis Matthews.

Matthews grew up within the county's close-knit network of African American neighborhoods that bordered on the nation's capital. She was compelled by her family's enduring stories of their beloved communities and schools to examine how African Americans viewed school desegregation in the mid-twentieth century. Her research reveals how black county residents, while optimistic about the opportunities desegregated schooling could offer their children, also advocated for fair desegregation planning that represented and affirmed their racial and cultural identity.

About the speaker

A lifelong area resident, Avis Matthews is a former high school history teacher who earned her master's degree in history from University of Maryland, College Park. Now a freelance writer and editor, she recently completed editing the 2019 edition of Women Legislators of Maryland: Then and Now, published by the Women Legislators of Maryland Foundation.

Please join us for this special event—offered this month in two locations!


Friday, February 22, 2019
Noon–1 p.m.


Academic Center Auditorium

Via live, big-screen webcast
Admin Room 4001

Respond early. Seating is limited in both locations. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you require an accommodation to fully participate in this event, contact Accessibility Services at accessibilityservices@umuc.edu or 240-684-2287. Please allow a minimum of 72 hours before the event to arrange the accommodation.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Equity