Urban School Desegregation


Nearly twenty-five years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision found that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” the aftershocks were still affecting American society. In 1977, the Academy convened an interdisciplinary study group to examine the post-Brown urban school integration experience and to consider solutions to ongoing education inequality in American classrooms. The resulting volume, published in 1981, provides historical background on the first twenty-five years after Brown and a guide for thinking about the problems of racial inequality in American schools in the current context.

Resulting Publication

  • Race and Schooling in the City, eds. Adam Yarmolinsky, Lance Liebman, and Corinne S. Schelling. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1981. Available from publisher.


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