Sixty-three years ago today, the Supreme Court in Brown v Board lit the school integration light, and it burned brightly for more than two decades. Then, it began to flicker—and it’s been flickering ever since. But that light never went out.
Now, after years in which we have seen the resurgence and spread of segregation by race and economic class in our schools, the demand for diverse schools is once again on the rise. “Integration is about equitable resources, and how we get them to black and brown students,” say Seattle teacher Jesse Hagopian, echoing many in the new generation of education justice activists.