Brown-versus-Board of Education: Sixty Years Later
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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.
director of the American Civil Liberties Union's Racial Justice Program
assistant secretary, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
director, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools
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.
Sixty Years After Brown v. Board of Education, What Do Schools Look Like In Your Neighborhood?