Legal school segregation ended back in 1954 with the Supreme Court’s landmark Brown v. Board of Education case, but for most students across the nation, racial isolation is still the norm. Nationally, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, 52 percent of black students and 58 percent of Latino students attend schools where 75 percent or more of students are minorities. In Chicago, the most segregated city in the nation, the schools reflect the stark racial division.
LISTEN to CPS students talk about their experience in racially isolated schools, part of WBEZ’s excellent Race Out Loud series.
Learn more about the history of segregation in Chicago schools with Kartemquin film-in-progress 63 Boycott.