Nearly 60 years after school segregation was outlawed, two members of the family most associated with the case say that the St. Louis area student transfers show that the true goals of the Supreme Court's ruling remain unfulfilled.
Linda Brown Thompson and Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose Topeka, Kan., family was the lead plaintiff in the landmark 1954 ruling, told an audience at Saint Louis University law school Friday that their case was more about equality of resources and opportunity than simply letting black and white students sit together.
This fall more than 2,500 students climbed on board buses and into taxis leaving the unaccredited Normandy and Riverview Gardens Districts for accredited districts in St. Louis and St. Charles Counties.
The migration began after a ruling this June by the Missouri Supreme Court, which upheld a controversial state law.
It just so happens that the two unaccredited districts are predominantly African-American, and the districts chosen to receive them are largely white.
As St. Louis Public Radio’s Maria Altman reports that’s drawn some comparisons to an earlier time.
Michael Lidell (L) and attorney William Douthit (C) watch as Supt. Kelvin Adams announces an agreement that allows the SLPS to use $96 million from the settlement of a desegregation lawsuit to pay off debt and fund education initiatives.
For the first time in a decade, the St. Louis Public Schools will be debt-free.
Superintendent Kelvin Adams announced today that the district has entered an agreement with the plaintiffs in a 1972 case over the district's segregation policies that frees up $96 million for debt reduction and district operations.