From Brown to Meredith
The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The University of North Carolina Press
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Any historian incurs debts while producing a book. Because in this case oral history is the major source, I have more than the usual helpful souls to thank for their contribution to the fi nished product. First and foremost, this book would not have been possible without the generosity of the in-terviewees who shared their time and stories. I have benefi ted greatly from ...
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In spring , the Supreme Court heard arguments in the joined Meredith v. Jeff erson County Board of Education and Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 lawsuits, which challenged the dis-tricts’ use of race as a determining factor in student assignment as a means of integrating the schools. In June, the court decreed such “voluntary de-...
1 School Desegregation in the Wake of Brown, 1954–1971
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In an oral history interview in , Barry Bingham, the white publisher of the Courier Journal and the Louisville Times , remarked, “We did have a record here in Louisville which is worth remembering. I think the year was when the fi rst integration of the Louisville schools came about, and that was done in such a peaceful way that President Eisenhower gave ...
2 The Beginning of Busing, 1971–1980
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In and again in , the Courier Journal printed articles marking the twentieth and thirtieth anniversaries of the beginning of busing for deseg-regation in Louisville and Jeff erson County. On these occasions the paper invited readers to submit their stories, providing a platform for them to remember the events of and their impact on the community. Many of ...
3 The Continuing Struggle over Desegregation, 1981–2007
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In the spring of , as Louisvillians reacted to the possibility that the Su-preme Court would invalidate their school desegregation plan, the former NAACP president Maurice Sweeney wondered why, “As we discuss and debate the state and purpose of desegregated schools in Jeff erson County, there seems to be a bit of history missing. For some reason we jump from ...
4 Remembering the Meaning and Impact of School Desegregation
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There are many ways to answer the question: What has desegregation meant for individuals, the schools, and the community? Social scientists analyze quantifi able outcomes such as test scores and graduation rates to measure educational achievement or employ an ethnographic approach to document the long-term fruits of an integrated education in individual ...
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What we choose to emphasize in . . . history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnifi cently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of — Howard Zinn, “The Optimism of Uncertainty,” The Nation , September , ...
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Publication Year: 2013