“Your actions improved the culture at La Plata High School and set an example for students who would follow,” 威尔逊说. “You followed your conscience and you risked the consequences. It could have not been easy to stand your ground.”
学生们’ actions and persistence led the school to agree that the selection was unjust. The board of education, 当时, even released a statement saying that the process was undemocratic. The school came up with a new selection process that included both white and black judges as a direct result of the protest.
“We do not wish to bring up old wounds,” former student Dale Contee said before she received her diploma. “Naturally we felt hurt and disappointed that we could not receive our diplomas with our classmates, but we want to make it known we were peaceful back then and we are peaceful today.”
Contee said none of the students have any animosity towards the current board of education.
“All that we suffered and endured did not make us bitter, it made us better,” Contee said.
Those in attendance walked across the stage and finally received their long awaited diploma.