50 Years Since Segregation in Schools

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In the early 1950s, racial segregation in public schools was the norm across America. Although all the schools in a given district were supposed to be equal, most black schools were far inferior to their white counterparts.

In the 1954 landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education struck down racial segregation in the nations public schools. This historic case was the topic of this weeks on the record program.

"It was about equality and there was a separate system for blacks and whites," says R.D. Harris, Principal Meridian High School.

The Supreme Courts decision declared the permissive or mandatory segregation that existed in 21 states constitutional. It was a major step towards complete de-segregation of public schools. Even partial desegregation of these schools, was still very far away as it would soon become apparent.

When asked if there was a way to achieve total unity in a school system replied.

"The public schools in the state of Mississippi are already doing that", says Harris

"There is too many problems in society has to become better education or the system itself is not going to work," said attorney William Reedy.

Monday Meridian high school will have an assembly that will highlight the Brown vs. Board of Education in a re-enactment with students trying this historic case 50 years later.