Abstract

This article examines memories of the long struggle for school desegregation in Louisville and Jefferson County, Kentucky, and considers the relationship between oral history and contemporary policy debates. It draws primarily on interviews conducted during a period when a series of legal challenges undermined and then overturned the local school desegregation plan. In addition to documenting the almost forgotten story of support for busing and its positive results between 1975 and 2007, the article emphasizes the ways in which narrators use their interviews to engage in the debate over the future of racial equality and diversity in the schools.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1533-8592
Print ISSN
0094-0798
Pages
pp. 230-257
Launched on MUSE
2012-09-25
Open Access
No
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