When Desegregation Came to Sand Springs (Film)


In 1964, ten years after the Supreme Court’s historic 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision outlawing segregated education in the United States, the school system of Sand Springs, Oklahoma was still completely segregated.

This is the story of how nine African-American students, backed by a Civil Rights movement campaign, prevailed over a white school board’s opposition to integrate the high school, their memories, and how they with white classmates came together fifty-eight years later to place a plaque commemorating the events in the school’s lobby.

Featured: the role of Harlem Globetrotters star and Sand Springs native Marques Haynes in the desegregation campaign.

Duration: 31 minutes  | Language: English | Subtitles: English

Premier: February 18, 2023 at 11:00 A.M., Sand Springs Cultural & Historical Museum, 9 East Broadway Street, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Free, open to the public.


Director: James W. Russell

For information on scheduling, send email to James.r@snet.net