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Transforming the EliteBlack Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools$
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Michelle A. Purdy

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781469643496

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643496.001.0001

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(p.177) Epilogue
Transforming the Elite

Michelle A. Purdy

University of North Carolina Press

The book concludes by addressing how formal schooling for many African Americans is still an avenue for upward mobility in a U.S. society very much grappling with race and racism. The decisions African Americans make about schooling are not simple, and black families struggle with the many variables that affect black students’ academic, social, psychological, and emotional outcomes. As African Americans continue to face dilemmas about schooling options and endure gaps in access to equitable public schools, they sometimes believe that historically white private schools are the better choice for their children. Yet racism and racial matters transcend school type, and many are challenging school cultures, no matter the type of institution, to be more inclusive and diverse.

Keywords:   Upward mobility, School choice, Black students, Racism, School culture, Inclusion and diversity

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