On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court made its landmark decision in the Brown vs. Board of Education case. Sixty years later, it seems schools are more racially isolated than ever, and the education disparities for children of color continue to increase.
- Sarah Garland, Hechinger Report editor and author of “Divided We Fail,” offers questions to ask and story ideas to steal when covering a key anniversary in the nation’s effort to desegregate schools. Garland’s book looked at a lawsuit filed by African Americans challenging desegregation efforts in Louisville, Ky., and another landmark ruling by the Supreme Court in 2007.
- Nikole Hannah-Jones joined ProPublica in late 2011 and covers civil rights with a focus on segregation and discrimination in housing and schools. Prior to coming to ProPublica, Hannah-Jones worked at The Oregonian and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. She received numerous accolades and awards Her 2012 coverage of federal failures to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. In her latest piece, “Segregation Now,” Hannah-Jones explores how separate and unequal education is gaining ground in the nation’s public schools, and its implications for the Brown v. Board legacy.
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Here are a few additional resources referenced in the event:
- The Moton Museum
- Statement of American Social Scientists of Research on School Desegregation Submitted to US Supreme Court (You can also view the landing page for McFarland v. Jefferson County Public Schools & Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1)
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