Celebrating School Integration

May 17th, 2010 by

Have you heard of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka? On this day in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional.

And maybe your teachers already talked about this in class, but I sure as heck didn’t know until just now that today is the anniversary of that super important decision. And the day is almost over! It got me thinking (a rare occurrence, ha ha): why isn’t there a holiday for this? And not just because I want the day off of work! Although that would obviously be a bonus…

But seriously, the court ruling is a pretty big deal and continues to influence judges today, and I think it deserves a little somethin’ somethin’ in its honor. Except I don’t have the power to declare a special day in commemoration. But I can make a recommended booklist! Almost as good, right?

Nonfiction about the first days of integration:

  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  • Remember Little Rock: The Time, the People, the Stories by Paul Robert Walker

Fiction about discrimination, and friendship, in a school setting:

  • A Friendship For Today by Patricia C. McKissack
  • Belle Teal by Ann M. Martin
  • The Liberation of Gabriel King by K.L. Going

— Karen

Karen attended public school from elementary school through high school. And she’s darn tootin’ proud of it! (Although a bit ashamed of having used the term “darn tootin.'”)
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One Response

  • Hahaha me writes:
    May 18th, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    Belle Teal is one of my favorite books.

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