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‘The way the world should be’

Greenspring residents, staff celebrate diversity every day

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September 22nd, 2014
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On July 2, 2014, 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law, President Barack Obama proclaimed, “Few pieces of legislation have defined our national identity as distinctly, or as powerfully.”

Carolyn Pledger remembers that day vividly. She and her husband Richard were living on Long Island, N.Y., with their two young boys when they heard the news.

“I was very excited about the passage of the Civil Rights Act,” she says. “I am a descendent of abolitionists and my two great grandfathers fought in the Union Army during the Civil War.” 

In the years that followed, Carolyn and her family moved to Washington, D.C., where, determined to fight for the equality the Act promised, she volunteered her time on the Panel of American Women. The group dedicated themselves to confronting racial and religious prejudice. Carolyn also served on the Fairfax County, Va., Fair Housing Committee for seven years. 

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