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Ric Sheffield – In the Wake of Brown: The Color of Classrooms in Rural Ohio
February 11 @ 10:30 am
When this nation celebrated a recent anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, many acknowledged that it was one of the most important decisions about race in the nation’s history. Few, however, saw that the case also had relevance to the lives of black people residing in rural Ohio. Nearly all of the scholarship and social commentary have focused upon Brown’s impact upon the lives of black and white school children in the South and the urban North. This program examines the effect of Brown upon the educational experiences of African American children in the rural towns and villages of America’s heartland, using Knox County, Ohio, as the case study.