ERIC Number: ED156813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-16
Reference Count: N/A
Speech by Drew S. Days, III, before the Graduation Ceremony of Bank Street College, New York, New York, June 16, 1978. The Immorality of Racial Isolation.
Days, Drew S., III
The 1954 Brown Vs. Board of Education decision went beyond legal analysis to demonstrate the cruelty and immorality of discrimination against black children. It was asserted in the Brown decision that separate education cannot be equal education, and that segregation has a particularly detrimental effect upon black children. The negative impact of segregated schooling was found to be especially critical, given that education is one of the fundamental values in American society. In small cities and rural areas there has been definite progress made toward school integration. In large urban areas, however, the contrary is true. In addition to increasing disparities between racial composition of city and suburban schools, there is also the fact that within cities minority and non minority students tend to be separated from each other in terms of school assignments. While the legal system plays an important role in any ultimate solution to the problem of racial segregation in the schools, the courts cannot provide complete and permanent relief. We as a society must be willing to make desegregation in public education a national priority. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education