WVa Textbook Protesters Gather For Reunion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- Thirty five years after Kanawha County's textbook battle made national news, the original protesters say their legacy is more evident than ever.

Bishop Avis Hill, one of the leaders of the protests against the adoption of new textbooks in 1974, says the Tea Party movement and the health care protesters are cut from the same cloth as the textbook demonstrators.

Hill is organizing the first-ever reunion of the protesters, scheduled for Saturday at Little Creek Park in South Charleston.

Even those who opposed the protests say their influence has been large.

The Rev. Jim Lewis says the mix of religion and politics in that conflict has been regularly repeated in subsequent controversies.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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