Unfinished Business

Brown v. Board of Education, Sixty Years Later

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education proclaimed that separate but equal schools are inherently unequal, how far have we come in ending legal segregation in public schools?

“American public education has evolved over the past 60 years into essentially a duel system of educational opportunity,” says Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference, in a new video from the National School Boards Association. “On the one hand there are public schools that are well-financed, that have some measure of diversity – although many do not. The other system is largely the result of concentrated segregation – racial segregation in housing, discrimination in the quality of public education available.”

He adds, “We have an obligation to bring heat to the table to promote the kind of change that we want to see happen in American life. And that’s I think one of the legacies of the Brown decision.”

Watch the full video below.