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Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely '60 Returns to Dalton to Speak to the High School

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and Black History Month, Dalton's Office of Progressive and Inclusive Practice and the High School administration sponsored the visit of Dalton Alumna Peggy Trotter Dammond Preacely '60.  During the most recent High School assembly, Ms. Preacely offered an autobiographical narrative highlighting her recruitment to Dalton as an African American student in the late 1940s and her emergence as a Civil Rights Activist.
A Freedom Rider and founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), Ms. Preacely participated in some of the most important campaigns of the Civil Rights Era.  Her activism continues to this day in the form of organizing against human trafficking and other forms of abuse.  During the presentation and the subsequent luncheon, Ms. Preacely encouraged our High School students to lead lives of engagement aimed at remedying the social ills of our day.

Story provided by Dr. Lisa Waller, Assistant Head of School for Progressive and Inclusive Practice

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