By Sarah Garland
Examines why university desegregation, regardless of its good fortune in ultimate the fulfillment hole, was once by no means embraced wholeheartedly within the black neighborhood as a treatment for racial inequality
In 2007, a courtroom case initially filed in Louisville, Kentucky, was once argued sooner than the very best court docket and formally ended the period of faculty desegregation— either altering how colleges throughout the USA deal with race and undermining an important civil rights instances of the final century. in fact, this wasn’t the 1st federal lawsuit to problem institution desegregation. however it was once the first—and only—one introduced by means of African american citizens. In Divided We Fail, journalist Sarah Garland deftly and sensitively tells the tales of the households and people who fought for and opposed to desegregation. by way of reframing how we in general comprehend race, schooling, and the heritage of desegregation, this well timed and deeply proper ebook may be an enormous contribution to the continuing fight towards precise racial equality.
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To get into Central would not be easy. For seventy-five years, it had been the default school for all of Louisville’s black students. But by 1995, as Dionne was preparing to apply, the school had been transformed into a selective magnet school under the leadership of a new principal, Harold Fenderson. The change had been implemented ostensibly to draw in more white students and to shed Central’s reputation as a black school. 13 Many of the career tracks focused on preparing for jobs, rather than for college.
Few people watching the national case unfold knew about the black parents in Louisville who had made it possible. This book tells their story. Before I delve into the experiences and motivations of others, I should disclose my own reasons for writing about this case. When the Supreme Court case decision was published in 2007, my first reaction was to question why white parents would be selfish enough to tear down something that had changed the lives of millions of children across the country for the better, including mine.
Gwen promised that she and Dionne would be there. 1 It was stamped with the Jefferson County Public Schools logo and addressed to her mother, Jacquelyn, who had just arrived home on the bus from her job at a nursing home in time for the mail. The West End was steamy after days of rain, and a rambunctious crowd of cousins and neighborhood children was cooped up on the front porch that served as their living room in the summer. Ja’Mekia and her little brother, La’Quinn, spent summer days throwing water balloons from the bathroom window at their cousins outside, playing ball in the street or, if no one was around to play with, hunkered down with a book in one of the shabby but comfortable blue chairs on the porch.
Divided We Fail: The Story of an African American Community That Ended the Era of School Desegregation by Sarah Garland