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From Brown to MeredithThe Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky, 1954-2007$
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Tracy E. K'Meyer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469607085

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469607092_KMeyer

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The Continuing Struggle over Desegregation, 1981–2007

The Continuing Struggle over Desegregation, 1981–2007

(p.107) Chapter Three The Continuing Struggle over Desegregation, 1981–2007
From Brown to Meredith

Tracy E. K'Meyer

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the ongoing issues with respect to support for desegregation from the 1980s until the spring of 2007. The erosion of support for school desegregation began at the top, with presidents and federal judges setting the tone. A series of Supreme Court decisions during the late 1980s reversed this history of successful desegregation. The process began in 1986 when black parents in Norfolk, Virginia, challenged a school board plan to end busing and create segregated neighborhood elementary schools. The Supreme Court upheld the school board. To tell this story, the chapter is divided into three sections representing three phases of the battle over school desegregation during this period.

Keywords:   desegregation, Supreme Court, Norfolk, elementary schools, school board

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