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ERIC Number: EJ768449
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0548-1457
A Bi-Generational Narrative on the Brown vs Board Decision
Harvey, William B.; Harvey, Adia M.
Negro Educational Review, The, v56 n1 p43-49 Jan 2005
This article has two parts. In the first part, William B. Harvey shares his life story as a Brown baby. According to him, segregation was mean and ugly and humiliating. It was a state of affairs that made you know your place and that kept you in your place. If you were colored or Negro or Black or African American, your place was at the bottom. Fifty years after Brown, he says, some progress has been made, but not nearly enough. In some urban centers, particularly in the North and Midwest, schools are as segregated, and sometimes even more so, than they were before the decision was rendered. An incredible amount of work still must be done in changing attitudes and changing practices if the spirit of this landmark ruling is going to be realized. In the second part, Adia M. Harvey provides a contemporary analysis of "Brown vs. Board of Education." The main point she wants to offer is that years after Brown, school integration has become an accepted fact of life in the U.S. Despite the fact that many schools remain segregated, Brown ensured that the stark racial separation that characterized the educational system up to 1954 was no longer constitutionally defensible. What needs to occur at this point is a continued dismantling of the structural, institutional inequalities that continue to exist in integrated schools. Integration itself is not sufficient for creating racial equality. Within educational institutions, there is a need to erode the continued remnants of racial inequality that prevent integration for reaching its potential of being an equalizing force.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education