ERIC Number: ED042841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Voices from the South: Black Students Talk About Their Experiences in Desegregated Schools. Special Report.
The Southern Regional Council interviewed students in four widely diverse Southern communities, in July of 1970, about their experiences in desegregated schools. The survey objective was to find answers to such urgent questions posed by integration as: whether the students were just a bitter vocal minority, or whether they represented a new wave of militancy born of the disillusionment of black students with the great experiment of integration. Students' opinions quoted at great length related to the situations in Mobile (Alabama), Charlotte (North Carolina), and Greenville and Beaufort (South Carolina), and ranged from bitter negativism of attitude to that of cautious optimism. Findings reported are contended to indicate: that there did not seem to be a mass embracing of separatism, but that many were being edged in that direction by factors such as humiliating experiences in desegregated classrooms; that the unkept rich promises of integration were making students lose all faith in the American system; and, that as a result, the very educational structure was being threatened not only by racism but by archaic attitudes, teaching methods, and approaches to learning. It is held that youth will have its say, and that failure to listen could be a tragic, even fatal mistake. (JW)
Descriptors: Activism, Black Power, Black Students, Desegregation Effects, Interviews, Negative Attitudes, Racial Relations, Racism, Regional Attitudes, School Desegregation, School Segregation, Student Attitudes
Southern Regional Council, 5 Forsyth Street, N.W., Atlanta 3, Ga. ($0.50)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Council, Atlanta, GA.
Identifiers: Alabama; Alabama (Mobile); North Carolina; North Carolina (Charlotte); South Carolina; United States (South)