Post Tagged with: "desegregation"

A federal judge is deciding whether Gardendale High School and other schools in the city can pull out of the Jefferson County School System to become part of an independent city school district. Credit: Mark Almond.
Alabama / Audio

Federal Judge Weighs Decision On Independent School System for Gardendale

Federal Judge Madeline Haikala is considering whether Gardendale can pull out of the Jefferson County system & start its own without violating civil rights.

Cleveland School District board members.

Cleveland School District Presents Latest Desegregation Plan

A Mississippi federal judge is meeting with Cleveland School District officials today to hear their latest proposal.

Spectators take in the middle-school homecoming football game at Wilcox County High School in Camden, Alabama last year. It was the main event in the area that night. Photo by Dan Carsen.
Alabama / Audio / Multimedia / school sports / science

A Window On Other Arenas: Sports, Race, & More With Sociologist Adrienne Milner

You don’t have to be a scholar to know that African-Americans are heavily represented in contact sports like football and basketball, but underrepresented in “lifetime sports” like tennis or golf. Some casual observers have come up with simple explanations for that. But a University of Alabama at Birmingham sociologist and author who studies race and gender in sports says the reality is anything but simple, or fair. Adrienne Milner, who played college basketball until an injury ended her athletic career, tells the Southern Education Desk’s Dan Carsen that she’s intrigued by inequity in all fields, but sports are special for her area of focus, for a reason you might not guess.

From the cover of the recently released paperback, "Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America." Tanner Colby, who moved to Vestavia Hills in eighth grade, wrote it after realizing that despite the nation electing its first black president, he and his white friends basically didn't have any black friends.
Alabama / Race

INTERVIEW: Tanner Colby, “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”

As Barack Obama campaigned his way to the presidency, self-described lily-white writer Tanner Colby began pondering — and then tenaciously researching — exactly why he and other white people didn’t have black friends. The reasons are complex, ranging from school policy to real estate practices to media image-making to church politics. But Colby dives right in from the springboard of his own life, recognizing his ignorance the whole way. The result: “Some of My Best Friends are Black: The Strange Story of Integration in America.” Our Alabama reporter Dan Carsen caught up with the author not long after he appeared on MSNBC to discuss America’s persistent racial separation.

Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past
Segregation Shifts Series / Special Coverage / Tennessee

Clinton After Segregation: A Small Southern Town’s Struggle With The Past

“When people start talking about things that have happened in civil rights, they talk about Little Rock and other areas and for some unknown reason they have not spoken about Clinton.” – Bobby Cain

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.

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.

“Choice” Versus Desegregation
Louisiana / Race / School Choice / Video

“Choice” Versus Desegregation

Louisiana’s School Choice Act promises more options for students to get a better education, but that could have school districts running afoul of federal judges. More than half of the state’s school districts remain under federal court orders in desegregation lawsuits that go back to the mid-1960’s.