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School Integration

The landmark case Brown v. Board of Education declared that racial segregation in public schools was unconstitutional. However, for most black and white families, the decision was met with resistance and a court mandate didn’t mean things were going to change.

Politicians and officials throughout the country found ways to ensure full-on school integration never happened. From protests, to throwing bricks, to blocking entrances at schools, the new law of the land was met with sharp resistance. Even as the NAACP intervened and busing orders were implemented, integrating schools seemed more like a wish than a sure thing.

In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr., with additional commentary from Hasan Jeffries of Ohio State University, we take a look at a this monumental case. While it sought to provide access and equality for black kids across the country, decades later, it still come up short.

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