ERIC Number: ED064432
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Leadership in School Desegregation.
Thompson, Daniel C.
In order to better understand the nature and consequences of social changes triggered by school desegregation, it should be instructive to analyze and interpret the patterns, stances, and roles of the leadership involved. For example, any valid interpretation of the role of leadership in the process of school desegregation would have to take into account the initiatory action of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In direct opposition to the goals and actions of the NAACP, were racist groups and individuals who insisted upon the maintenance of complete, total segregation of schools. After carefully examining communities which have undergone the process of desegregation for almost 20 years, what has been learned that may help to make this process more orderly and rewarding in the future? (1) Court decisions regarding desegregation must be clear and unequivocal; (2) There must be an attitude of compliance with constituted law on the part of top school officials; (3) The support of the white elite or "power structure" is essential; and, (4) There must be a well-organized, respected black leadership class. (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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Identifiers: National Association Advancement Colored People