ERIC Number: EJ939718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 10
Remembering "Brown": Silence, Loss, Rage, and Hope
Banks, James A.
Multicultural Perspectives, v6 n4 p6-8 2004
The author was in the seventh grade at the Newsome Training School in Aubrey, Arkansas when the Supreme Court handed down "Brown v. Board of Education" on May 17, 1954. His most powerful memory of the "Brown" decision is that he has no memory of it being rendered or mentioned by his parents, teachers, or preachers. In his rural southern Black community, there was a conspiracy of silence about "Brown". It was completely invisible. The silence, loss, rage, and hope that "Brown" evoked still simmer in Black and White communities throughout the United States. Schools throughout the nation are now resegregated. Blacks and Whites often remain silent to maintain the peace. Blacks feel that much of their culture has been lost and eradicated from the schools in their communities. There is White rage about affirmative action and massive immigration and Black rage about their plight in America. "Brown" gave people hope that America might one day overcome its deep and entrenched racial legacy and indicated how difficult this journey was and still is.
Descriptors: African American Community, Court Litigation, Desegregation Litigation, Desegregation Effects, Social Justice, African American Education, Racial Attitudes, Racial Discrimination, Desegregation Methods, School Desegregation, Program Effectiveness, Social Change
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas; United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education