Integrated Schools Without Integrated Neighborhoods

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History, Learning & Discovery
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This program will be offered virtually.


This presentation, made possible by Illinois Humanities, is based on Megan Klein's dissertation research about the integration of Evanston’s public school system in the 1960s. It features information from Megan’s conducted oral histories with long-term African American residents of the city who had lived through periods of de facto segregation and discrimination in public institutions in Evanston leading up to the 1968 decision to integrate the public schools and who have subsequently lived through a period of integration. The presentation focuses on how integration has been done in a way that has advantaged majority white communities while the historically Black community has experienced tremendous disinvestment.

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