Integration And Black Education In Nc

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Losing the Old School: Integration’s Erosion of the Black Educational Community in North Carolina When the Warren Court handed down Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, educational systems nationwide braced for vast change. Integration’s many complexities became apparent as black students faced widespread hostility from their new, white academic communities. As racial enmity took its toll on black students, teachers, and parents, leadership was lost and communities splintered. These incalculable damages are reflected in the experiences and observations of students and educators in North Carolina, where black education once relied on internal cooperation and support. Though the desegregation of schools in North Carolina granted blacks access to better educational resources and wealthier scholastic opportunities, the resultant dilution and erosion of the black educational community devastated its resolve and essential coherence. These negative effects of integration are only somewhat less visible even today. Black-only schools operated under astounding inequity before integration. With white schools hogging state funds, black administrators turned to their communities for support. When George Miller was principal in Wilkes County, NC, the community struggled to support the schools with funds, equipment, and food for the cafeteria.# Still, communities could provide very little, so educators adjusted their educational focus. Educators like Miller made themselves role models to foster positive traits in their students.# Teachers and administrators involved themselves directly in students’ lives, monitoring and supporting them on an individual level. This level of involvement created a sense of security inside schools. Thurman Couch described his experience going to Lincoln High School as being “like leaving home and going to a second home.”#
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