Brown-versus-Board of Education: Sixty Years Later

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Brown-versus-Board of Education: Sixty Years Later

On the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. Board of Education, Diane and panel of guests will discuss the legacy of the Brown ruling and the state of racial integration and equality in public schools today.

This week marks the sixtieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown-versus-Board of Education. The court ruled that school segregation was unconstitutional. By the 1970s, many schools were integrated. But over the last twenty years, judges have released hundreds of schools from desegregation orders. Now many African-American children attend majority-black schools at levels not seen in four decades. And civil rights lawyers say black and hispanic students are disadvantaged in other ways – such as being disproportionately suspended. In the next hour we’ll discuss racial integration and equal opportunity in public schools today.

Guests

Dennis Parker

director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Racial Justice Program

Catherine Lhamon

assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

Jesse Register

director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

David Armor

professor emeritus, School of Public Policy, George Mason University

How Have Schools In Your Neighborhood Changed Since Brown v. Board of Education?

Listeners weighed in on a poll that asked about the profile of their local school systems.

The majority of those that responded said their schools were dominated by single races--and families from middle or upper class backgrounds.

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Sixty Years After Brown v. Board of Education, What Do Schools Look Like In Your Neighborhood?

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