Daisy D. Myers


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Daisy D. Myers
February 10, 1925 – December 5, 2011
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York

  • Born in Hampton, Virginia; educated at Hampton Institute; earned master’s degrees in education and guidance counseling
  • Author of Sticks and Stones, her autobiographical recounting of the famed incidents that occurred in 1957 when her family moved to Levittown, a previously all-white town in Pennsylvania; their story was inspiration for the movie Suburbicon and she was hailed as the Rosa Parks of the North
  • Clashed with the racist Levittown Betterment Committee, suffering harassment and violence including cross-burnings
  • Garnered the support of some white neighbors when local authorities did not enforce a court order; state police eventually intervened after national publicity; racist persecution nevertheless continued for nearly three months
  • After four years of relative peace, Myers’ husband William, an electrical engineer, accepted a job in Pennsylvania and the family moved to York
  • Served as a school principal during her 30-year career with the York City School District
  • District assistant, Congressman William F. Goodling
  • Soror, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
  • Member, Crispus Attucks AARP Group
  • Designated a Golden UU
  • Was later invited back to Levittown, where a public apology was issued and she planted a tree, affectionately called “Miss Daisy,” in front of City Hall