Editorial: 70 years ago, Norton made civil rights history | Editorial | roanoke.com


In 1951, Norton fielded its first Little League, under the direction of a young optometrist, Charles Litton. Malesky explained that Little League charters define a specific geographic coverage area so Norton’s could have been drawn to exclude the Black section of town. It was not — so when tryouts were held that spring, Black boys turned out and were dutifully assigned to each of the teams. Norton didn’t just have one integrated team, it had four.


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