On Monday, September 27th the school district of New Rochelle hosted "Reflections of Change: a 50-Year Retrospective of the Lincoln School Decision" in city hall. The event started at 6:00pm in the rotunda for an opening reception where over 100 people enjoyed refreshments. Lincoln Avenue community members mingled with school district employees, Board of Education members and elected officials. The gathering had the pleasant feel of a school reunion.
At 7:00 the group was directed to the large meeting room on the 2nd floor. Superintendent Organisciak welcomed everyone and introduced himself and Linda Tarrant-Reid, his co-project manager. He introduced people in the audience from the era, elected officials, members of the committee, and Lincoln School graduates. They next showed the CBS Special report from the early 70s called "After 10 Years, The Courts and the Schools". The black and white footage of New Rochelle landmarks and citizens, narrated by Mike Wallace, set the historic tone of the anniversary of the court decision.
Superintendent Organisciak and Linda Tarrant-Reid, project co-chairs
Photo credit: Bob Cox