Meet the Authors! One village’s defeat of school segregation

It Takes a Village Book cover and event flyerAuthor and UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law professor Peter Alexander and his co-author (and father) Leonard Alexander, will be discussing their book, “It Takes a Village” at the UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law in the Friday Courtroom on November 6 at noon.

“It Takes a Village” is the story of the segregated school system that existed until 1943 in the suburban New York City village of Hillburn, New York, and the efforts of two unlikely champions: Thomas Ulysses Alexander and Thurgood Marshall. This book tells the story of these two men, one famous and one unknown, and how they changed the lives of the children in Hillburn as well as the course of history.

Peter Alexander is the former law school dean at Southern Illinois University and Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. He currently teaches at UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law and has served as a law professor for more than 20 years. Alexander wrote this book with his father, Leonard Alexander, a retired postal supervisor. Leonard could not attend the “white school” because of segregation, but Peter was able to because of the efforts detailed in “It Takes a Village.”

Professor Alexander is also the author of two monographs on bankruptcy topics and more than a dozen law review articles. He has completed a manuscript that he hopes will be published in the near future: “Insufficient Funds: The Financial Life of Frank Lloyd Wright.”

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