The Milford Museum has announced the return of their Speaker’s Series for 2019. On Thursday February 7 the program will kick off as Orlando Camp’s discusses his book “The Milford Eleven”. In 1954, Camp was a member of this group of students who attempted to integrate Milford schools .
The Milford Eleven is a documentary-style look at the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and the attempt at school integration that took place in Milford in 1954. The book follows the experiences of the first eleven black children to be integrated into the Milford School District and takes a look at community leaders that were both for and against the Supreme Court Ruling supporting school integration.
Dubbed the Milford Eleven by national media of the time period, eleven classmates became some of the first African American students to attend a previously all-white school. Ultimately, Milford proved unready to join other schools around the nation that successfully integrated.
“The youth of today can learn from the struggle we had to go through to be successful,” commented Orlando. “My philosophy is that to be successful you have to risk failure. If the struggle of school integration did not take place then the opportunities for many students would not be there today.”
Under rising tensions and threats of violence, the African-American students were withdrawn from the school after attending for less than a month. The studentsdid received honorary diplomas during the 2012 Milford High School Graduation Ceremonies.
This library’s Speaker Series program will be held at the Milford Women’s Club, 18 Church Avenue, next to Avenue M.E. Church at 7pm.
The Milford Museum is open 10am to 3:30pm Tuesday through Saturday and closed on Sunday, Monday and Holidays. Admission is free. Located at 121 S. Walnut Street, Milford, DE, the museum can be reached at 302- 424-1080.