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Micky Zegaye (left) works with a tutor at Fugee Academy in Clarkston, Georgia. Photo by Maura Walz.
Audio / Georgia / Race / Segregation Shifts Series

The Gradual Shift: When And Why School Districts Re-segregate

Since the 1970s, federal court orders have governed how many Southern communities integrated their public schools. But new research shows, as those orders have been lifted, school districts are gradually re-segregating. But why?

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi (Video)
Audio / Mississippi / Poverty / Race / Segregation Shifts Series / Video

“Bring Back The White Kids”: A Fight To Integrate In Rural Mississippi (Video)

School segregation in Tate County, Mississippi, has spurred debate about the concept of separate but equal. Mainly, whether it’s possible.

Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Race / Segregation Shifts Series / Special Coverage

Segregation Academies: Past, Still Present

In the second installment of our series “Segregation Shifts,” the SED’s Alabama reporter Dan Carsen goes back in time to examine a strategy whites once used to sidestep public school integration, one that still shapes communities today — so-called “segregation academies”:

Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana (Video)
Louisiana / Multimedia / Poverty / Race / Segregation Shifts Series / Video

Carving Up The Elephant: Resegregation In Louisiana (Video)

Schools in Louisiana’s capital city appear to be resegregating ten years after settlement of a 47-year-long desegregation lawsuit.

University of Alabama at Birmingham historian Dr. Robert Corley
Alabama / Audio / Race / Segregation Shifts Series

INTERVIEW: Historian Robert Corley On Civil Rights, Race, School Segregation And More

In this Birmingham’s historic Kelly Ingram Park, there’s a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. One of the names on the stone pedestal is Robert Corley. Among other things, Dr. Corley teaches history at UAB. He was a founding member of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute board and has served on the city school board. SED reporter Dan Carsen recently sat down with him while researching stories for our School Resegregation series. Corley says today’s students are missing some vital history on the subject.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walks Mississippi students to their newly integrated school in Grenada, Mississippi. Photo by  Bettmann/Corbis, 1966.
Audio / Mississippi / Multimedia / Race

Mississippi Schools Take Off The Same Day for MLK And Robert E Lee

Schools around the country close in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But schools in the Deep South are also observing the birthday of Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama all officially roll the holidays together and leave it to schools to communicate the confusing marriage to students.

Young students at Barrow Elementary in Athens, Georgia, start the day with group learning activities. Photo by Yun Mi Park.
Community / Race

Saving Our Boys: Resetting Our Value System

At one point in time, during the days of slavery, Reconstruction, and the Jim Crow era, education was seen as the best means to combat a racist society, to provide for greater economic opportunity, and to rebuild our communities by empowering and educating others. We have to find a way to make education of value again.

Federal Judge Halts Louisiana Voucher Program
Louisiana / Race / School Choice

Federal Judge Halts Louisiana Voucher Program

U.S. District Judge Ivan Lemelle has issued a temporary injunction, prohibiting the State of Louisiana from implementing the voucher program in Tangipahoa Parish because he believes it conflicts with a desegregation case consent decree.