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Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance

Each year, as part of the Virginia Political History Project, the Center partners with PBS Community Idea Stations to produce an original documentary. Previous documentaries have covered well-known politicians such as L. Douglas Wilder, former governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the current state of the United States Constitution. Our newest project, "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance," takes a look at school segregation in Virginia post- Brown v. Board of Education.

Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance:

Decades ago, court-ordered school desegregation in Virginia met with political and social resistance which eventually led to the closing of schools by several Virginia localities. "Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance" tells the stories of many of the students who found themselves on the front lines of the fight against Massive Resistance.

"Locked Out" was previewed at the Virginia Film Festival in Charlottesville and in several localities across Virginia. The one-hour documentary offers first-hand accounts of the negative effects of this concerted abuse of public power and yet tells how it also paved the way for future progress.

Watch the documentary trailer

Governor Wilder's VPHP Keynote Address
Download a formatted copy of Governor Wilder's Keynote Address delivered in Richmond, Virginia at the Virginia Political History Project.

Download a YLI Lesson Plan on Civil Rights

"Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance" is available on DVD for $19.95 including shipping and handling. To order contact Donna Crossman: 1-800-476-2357 or 804-560-8121; email: