Tag: Segregation and Desegregation

Minneapolis’ School Plan Asks White Families to Help Integrate

But Ms. Jackson couldn’t help but ask: Why now? To her, some changes, like the planned renovation, signaled gentrification. Even as North High opened up to white families, some Black families, like hers, were reassigned to a different school, though North’s low enrollment meant that, for now, they could apply to stay. “I feel like […]

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How the Real Estate Boom Left Black Neighborhoods Behind

As Martavius Jones, a Memphis city councilman, points out, construction outside the city limits was heavily subsidized by city-owned Memphis Light, Gas & Water, which provided new power and gas lines to areas that didn’t pay city taxes, generously underwriting the eastward march of wealthy whites fleeing integrated schools. “My maternal grandmother lived in a […]

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A Landmark Reckoning With America’s Racial Past and Present

Most readers also may not know that a planter could take out mortgages on his enslaved workers. Thomas Jefferson did, to raise the money to build Monticello. If the debtor defaulted, the bank then auctioned off these men and women — adding to slavery’s shattering of families. The book also reminds us that slavery’s stains […]

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Homer Plessy’s Arrest in 1892 Led to a Landmark Ruling. Now He May Get Justice.

On June 7, 1892, a racially mixed shoemaker from New Orleans named Homer Plessy bought a first-class ticket for a train bound for Covington, La., and took a seat in the whites-only car. He was asked to leave and he refused, leading to his being dragged from the train and charged with violating the Louisiana […]

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Linwood Holton, 98,Virginia Governor Who Pushed for Racial Equality, Dies

A. Linwood Holton Jr., who as Virginia’s first Republican governor in nearly a century knocked loose the stranglehold of white supremacy on the state, cleaned up its waterways and promoted a vision for a biracial Republican coalition across the South, died on Oct. 28 at his home in Kilmarnock, Va. He was 98. His death […]

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Amid Pandemic Turmoil and Curriculum Fights, a Boom for Christian Schools

MONETA, Va. — On a sunny Thursday morning in September, a few dozen high school students gathered for a weekly chapel service at what used to be the Bottom’s Up Bar & Grill and is now the chapel and cafeteria of Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy. Five years ago, the school in southwest Virginia had […]

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