It was standing room only as hundreds gathered to hear General Larry O. Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force, deliver the 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Address on Saturday, January 12th at the Moton Museum in Farmville, Virginia.
General Spencer, the second highest ranking U.S. Air Force official, is the son of 1951 Moton Student Striker Selma Gaines Spencer. It was nearly six decades ago when she, along with her fellow R.R. Moton High classmates, staged the strike that produced the largest and only student-initiated lawsuit among the five (5) combined “Brown v. Board cases“, thus catapulting Farmville and rural Prince Edward County, Virginia to the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement.
As Vice Chief, General Spencer presides over the Air Staff and serves as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Requirements Oversight Council and Deputy Advisory Working Group. He assists the Chief of Staff with organizing, training, and equipping of 690,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian forces serving in the United States and overseas. Click here to read General Spencer’s full bio.
The Moton School Civil Rights Learning Center, located at 900 Griffin Blvd, Farmville, Virginia (directly across from the Kroger Shopping Center), is Virginia’s sole National Historic Landmark of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement. For more info, call 434-315-8775.