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ERIC Number: ED264346
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Impact of Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, on West Virginia State College.
Wallace, William J.
This paper, by the former president of West Virginia State College (WVSC), responds to criticisms that racial integration following the Brown decision has had a negative impact on the quality of the school. Statistics are presented to show that West Virginia State's enrollments were declining seriously at the time of the Brown decision, and that they improved drastically afterwards. Brown changed WVSC from an institution that appealed to the national community to one that now served principally the local community and from a college having an all-resident student body to one having a large number of (mostly white) part-time students. Next, the decline in black enrollment since Brown is acknowledged, and some tensions between black and white students are described. However, the majority of black members of the faculty and staff have found they could continue to function within the new environment. Some of the plans made by school officials to prepare for the predicted influx of white students after Brown are discussed anecdotally. The paper concludes by asserting the school's commitment to racial equality and togetherness, yet holds out the hope that the WVSC's origins as a black college will not become invisible. (KH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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