ERIC Number: ED120323
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Long Day's Journey Into Light: School Desegration in Prince George's County.
Hope, John, III, Ed.
The history of school desegregation in Prince George's County from 1953-1973 is documented in this report, presenting a detailed chronology and analysis of the forces and figures that affect realization of children's constitutional rights. Chapters include: an overview of Prince George's County, a racial profile of the schools 1953-64, HEW's involvement 1965-1972, the desegregation issue goes to court, and action/reaction following the approved desegregation plan and its future implementation. Although the court ordered desegregation plan requires busing for only 13,000 more students than in the previous year, it is met with intense outcries by citizens who charge the court with unreasonably and arbitrary actions that allow no time for adjustment. Yet the historical review indicates that far from being inflexible, the court is ending the dilatory tactics that has characterized county response to the original Brown decision. The Board of Education is also found guilty of using its power and authority to maintain and expand a segregated system of education. Failures in the Department of HEW and its Civil Rights office to enforce the law are noted. The setbacks occasioned by these agencies can be set aside in considering the strengths of individuals and diverse groups as they respond to the overall community needs. The resources of the people themselves are seen as the triumph that this county experiences. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Bus Transportation, Community Involvement, Desegregation Effects, Desegregation Litigation, Desegregation Methods, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Failure, Minority Groups, Racial Integration, Racial Relations, School Desegregation, Social Integration, Success
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Civil Rights, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland