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Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools

Michelle A. Purdy


When traditionally white public schools in the South became sites of massive resistance in the wake of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, numerous white students exited the public system altogether, with parents choosing homeschooling or private segregationist academies. But some historically white elite private schools or independent schools, the most prestigious of private schools, opted to desegregate. The black students that attended these schools courageously navigated institutional and interpersonal racism but ultimately emerged as upwardly mobile leaders. Transfor ... More

Keywords: Brown v. Board, elite private schools, independent schools, desegregation, institutional racism, interpersonal racism, The Westminster Schools, Atlanta, Georgia, Civil Rights Movement, Education reform

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781469643496
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469643496.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michelle A. Purdy, author
Washington University in St. Louis