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Reflecting on the Historic Campaign to Integrate Houston Schools

Posted on · After the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregation unconstitutional, there was a long battle to integrate schools in Houston. It included court orders, lawsuits, boycotts and a political campaign called Citizens for Good Schools. Two former members of that group talk about their effort to improve Houston education. Vicki Birenbaum was a young parent back then […]

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The Legacy of Brown v. Board of Education 60 Years Later

Posted on · Exactly 60 years ago tomorrow, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling in the landmark civil rights case Brown vs. Board of Education. The High Court ruled the concept of “separate, but equal” public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. The ruling led to desegregation nationwide. While the spirit of the Brown decision […]