Scarboro 85 members to speak at Y-12 on Thursday, July 27

  • Posted: Friday, July 21, 2023, 3:56 pm

Public invited to hear about the integration of Oak Ridge Schools

Y-12 National Security Complex managing and operating contractor Consolidated Nuclear Security, in partnership with the Scarboro Community Alumni Association, is offering a unique opportunity for the public to hear stories about the historic integration of Oak Ridge Schools.

Y-12 will host a panel discussion with members of the Scarboro 85, the black students who desegregated Oak Ridge High School and Robertsville Junior High School in the fall of 1955. These individuals were the first students in the southeast to participate in desegregation following the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision.

The public is invited to attend this discussion on Thursday, July 27, 2023, from 4-5 p.m. in the Zach Wamp Auditorium at New Hope Center, which is located at 602 Scarboro Road in Oak Ridge. The panel discussion will be moderated by WATE-TV news anchor Tearsa Smith. The audience will also have the opportunity to ask questions of the panel.

Additionally, attendees will learn more about the effort to place a Scarboro 85 Monument at A.K. Bissell Park in Oak Ridge, recognizing and celebrating the former students and their historic achievement.


Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Bechtel National, Inc. is the lead member of CNS; minority members include Leidos, Inc.; ATK Launch Systems, LLC; and SOC LLC. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects, and delivery as promised.

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Kathryn King, APR
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