A Note to Our Readers on ‘Segregation Now’

‘Segregation Now’ focuses on the Tuscaloosa, Ala., city school district, and its fleeting experience with the challenges and virtues of integration. Here’s why we decided to offer it to our readers in discrete chapters over three days.

ProPublica, April 16, 2014, 11 p.m.

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Dear Readers,

In 1954, Chief Justice Earl Warren, in his landmark Brown v. Board of Education opinion that sought to outlaw segregation in America’s schools, wrote, “Education is perhaps the most important function of state and local governments.”

“It is a principal instrument in awakening the child to cultural values, in preparing him for later professional training, and in helping him to adjust normally to his environment,” Warren wrote. “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.”…

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