Kati Herrington Burwinkel

Kati Herrington Burwinkel

Kati Herrington Burwinkel is the Project Director/Executive Producer of the documentary short and exhibit, The Lincoln School Story which tells the story of the first northern test case of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954. Kati has screened this film and spoken at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and Cincinnati’s Memorial Hall. Her nomination earned the Lincoln School Marchers an October 2017 Ohio Civil Rights Hall of Fame award. She is former Vice-Chair of the Highland County Historical Society and on the Board of The Society for Children and Adults and Highland County Tourism Board. Kati is a retired RN and has a B.S. in Resource Management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She and her family live on a farm in Hillsboro, OH.

The Lincoln School Story: How 18 African American Mothers Changed History

The first northern challenge of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision happened in the rural town of Hillsboro, Ohio. A small group of African American mothers refused to send their children to the dilapidated Lincoln School and “marched” with their children to the white Webster School every day for two years. This story will be told by the people who lived this inspirational fight in the 17-minute documentary short, “The Lincoln School Story.” This presentation will include discussion with one of the Lincoln Marchers who will talk about the fight in 1954 and where we are 64 years later.


To Schedule a presentation , Please contact:

Kati Herrington Burwinkel katiburwinkel@att.net (937) 288-2881

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