Essay On Desegregation In Schools

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The desegregation of schools via Brown vs. Board of Education, Topeka, Kansas, was a long and hard fought battle. Although Brown came long before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, it would be over a decade before Chief Justice Warren’s ruling “with all deliberate speed” would be enforced. The strongest resistance to desegregation came from the South. The impact desegregation had on the children of that era differed greatly from black to white. How desegregation impacted both white and black students and why the South was so resistant to it is the primary focus of this paper. Desegregation is defined by dictionary.com as “the elimination of laws, customs, or practices under which different races, groups, etc., are restricted to specific…show more content…
Brooks, “What made you become a teacher?” He replied, “My sixth grade teacher, Ms. Thomas. I was still acting up in class and acting like I didn’t care about my grades. One day she called me out into the hallway and asked me, ‘If you don’t care about your grades, why should anybody else?’ She gave me this long speech about how important it was to take hold of every opportunity that I could to learn. She hugged me real tight and told me she would do all she could to help me if I would help myself. And, I never forgot that. I want to be that teacher for my students.” Following my interview, it became evident to me that Mr. Brooks had overcome a lot of adversity to get to where he was. I believe his early childhood experiences truly made him a better person. These experiences were a direct result of Brown vs. Board of Education. As stated in the American Public School Law “The case was not only a watershed in American education, but also one of the most important decisions ever rendered by the Supreme Court.” I also conducted a personal interview with Mrs. Donna Coleman, a 49 year old Caucasian female. Mrs. Coleman is a school bus driver and a Nursing student. Mrs. Coleman grew up in the very rural town of Huxford, Alabama. Huxford is approximately twenty miles from Flomaton. The following is an excerpt from that
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