In 1951 at only 16, Barbara Johns became a pioneer for the American civil rights movement, leading a student strike at R.R. Moton High School in Virginia. With the support of the NAACP, the students filed Davis v. Prince Edward County which became part of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education. After the success of the strike, Johns’ family had to send her to live out of state due to Ku Klux Klan harassment. Ultimately, Johns became a librarian, showing a lifelong commitment to fairness in education for all. Barbara Johns has been widely honored and in 2020 Virginia’s commission on Historical Statues recommended that a statue of Barbara Johns replace the recently removed statue of Robert E. Lee.