The Importance Of School Desegregation

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What is school segregation? School segregation is a law that was created to divide black and white kids from attending the same school. In the article “Segregation and Desegregation” Brown V Board of Education in Topeka, Kansas wanted to change the school segregation law. Brown wanted his daughter to attend a school that was eight blocks from his home, instead of sending her to an all African American school that is several miles away from his home. The school was an all-white school, whose principle refused his daughter’s admission. Brown went to the authorities.” Brown persisted, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, led by Thurgood Marshall, stepped in to help with the defense.” and their case was brought to the Supreme Court. The court had …show more content…
Johnson attended an all-black school called Lafayette County Training School. She described the school in the story, “Unlike the white high school, Lafayette County Training School distinguished itself by having neither lawn, nor hedges, nor tennis court, nor climbing ivy. Its two buildings were set on a dirt hill with no fence to limit either its boundaries or those of bordering farms” (Angelou 2). There was no playground. They only had the old rusty hoops around to play basketball. Everything in the school was of poor quality. Nevertheless, with all the negativity of being in the school, graduation was soon approaching. Everyone in the community was preparing for the graduation. Johnson states “My class was wearing butter-yellow pique dresses, and Momma launched out on mine” (Angelou 7). Parents who had the ability to purchase new clothes and shoes, bought them at a nearby Sears. Meanwhile, “a group of small children were to be presented in a play about buttercups and daisies and bunny rabbits” (Angelou 15). Everything was going as …show more content…
With this racial segregation there was no future for the one’s that wanted to become doctors, scientist and writers “Only a small percentage would be continuing on to college-one of the South’s A & M (agricultural and mechanical) schools, which trained Negro youths to be carpenters, farmers, handymen, masons, maids, cooks and baby nurses” (Angelou 3). The students had a heavy burden on their backs. Graduation day has arrived everything was set, the first speaker for the graduation was Mr. Edward Donleavy, a white politician. Instead of acknowledging the accomplishment of the students, he only mentions the football and basketball player that came from Lafayette. To Mr. Donleavy most black young men were only good for playing sports. Mr. Donleavy spoke mainly about his re-election “Donleavy was running for election, and assured our parents that if he won we could count on having the only colored paved playing field in that part of Arkansas” (Angelou 48). Johnson couldn’t believe the things Mr. Donleavy was saying. Not once did Mr. Donleavy acknowledged the graduate. He made all the graduates felt worthless. When he was done with his speech, he left everyone in the room

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