Course Details

700: DC's Segregated Schools: Then and Now

July 13, 15, and 17, 2020
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Some of us remember--but others may be surprised to learn--that schools in our nation's capital were racially segregated until the landmark 1954 Supreme Court decision ruling that "separate but equal" schools are "inherently unequal" and unconstitutional. This course looks at the history of school segregation in DC--including a home-grown legal challenge that became part of the 1954 ruling--and examines the consequences of desegregation and the extent to which re-segregation exists today in our public schools. Excerpted readings from numerous sources will be provided.

Class Format: Lecture and Discussion

Hours of Reading: 1-2 hours/session

Study Group Leader(s):

Ralph Buglass
Ralph Buglass has taught various OLLI courses for the past several years. A history buff, he is a volunteer docent at a one-room schoolhouse in Montgomery County and a frequent speaker for the county's historical society. He has a BA in history from Cornell and MA in journalism from American universities.