Ron’s Mom on: This Land is Your Land

The Time Tunnel

BRAND NEW SCHOOL; SAME OLD MESS

In 1971, Ron experienced his first year in an integrated classroom, let’s take a look back in time, to my era in the public school systems.
The year was 1958, four years after the Supreme Court decided the landmark case of Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka; “Racially segregated schools,” the Court concluded, were “inherently unequal.”
At that time, I was an eager “Silent Generation” black child making preparations for graduation from high school in Eufaula, Alabama. It was not a very good year because of the interruption of moving to a new school. The new school was a pristine school and was ready for students in mid-year of my senior year.
This new school was built out of desperation, in the midst of a battle that opposed the integration of our public school system. In Alabama, George Wallace had not yet stood…

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