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122 Chapter The Education of African Americans Jayne Ball State University INTRODUCTION The education of African Americans includes both formal and informal attempts by Blacks to gain literacy and develop skills that would allow them to survive in a society . In the nineteenth century , literacy was perceived as a means of emancipation from a life of servitude and a path to eventual citizenship . When slaves were emancipated in 1863 , churches , benevolent societies , and addressed the need for educational services . During the Reconstruction Era ( Black leaders and White elites debated the issue of Black The outcome was industrial education and citizenship . The existence of the slave economy , an agrarian society , and a dispersed rural geography circumvented the development of a systematic approach to education by Southern states for both Whites and Blacks . With the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( in 1909 , political and legal action overturned the segregation codified in . Ferguson ( 1896 ) Currently , school integration has been eroded due to White flight , the abandonment of busing , and residential segregation . THE CONTEXT FOR BLACK EDUCATION PRIOR TO THE ANTEBELLUM PERIOD The Africans who were brought to North America as a result of the slave trade represented a variety of languages and cultures . Nevertheless , Africans were able to preserve and transmit their cultural customs and traditions to the New World . According to historian Ira Berlin , Slowly , almost imperceptibly , transplanted Africans became a new
123 people . They spoke English , worked with English tools , and ate food prepared in the English manner . On the eve of the American Revolution , many Blacks had done so for two or three generations , and sometimes more Free Blacks , particularly in larger cities , formed their own schools and supplied teachers . John ( a respected free Black teacher and Presbyterian minister , operated a private school from 1808 to 1830 in Raleigh , North Carolina . Originally a multiracial school , Whites eventually protested the presence of Blacks . When they did , taught White students during the day and free Blacks in the evenings . Abolitionists who opposed the peculiar institution of slavery in and Southern states as well as some religious groups educated slaves and free Blacks as well as Native Americans . The Religious Society of Friends ( Quakers ) was preeminent in this endeavor . In the Middle West , schools such as the Union Literary Institute in Indiana were supported by Quakers . Founded in 1846 by a multiracial board of Quakers and free Blacks living on the border settlement of , the Institute was a manual labor boarding school that required students to work the surrounding farmland for four hours per day . While there were other instances of integrated schools , they did not last as racial attitudes hardened in both and Southern states . A few schools existed for the purpose of advanced elementary and secondary training such as the Institute for Colored Youth , a school started in the early by a group of Philadelphia Quakers . A college education was also available to a limited number of students at schools like College in Ohio and College in Kentucky . was the first college in the South to be as well as racially integrated . Founded by the abolitionist John Gregg Fee ( in 1855 , it offered preparatory classes leading to advanced study . In 1904 , a Kentucky state law forced it to segregate and accept Whites only . Afterward , administrators assisted in the establishment of the Lincoln Institute near Louisville to educate Blacks until the state law was finally amended in 1950 . Any nascent for formal education for slaves ceased after the Nat Turner Rebellion took place in County , Virginia , in August 1831 . A mystic , Turner ( had learned to read and write and conducted religious services on the
124 plantation . The Rebellion was the largest and deadliest slave uprising in United States history . Before the Virginia militia quashed it , the slaves killed approximately sixty White men , women and children . The rebellion created hysteria and the retaliation by the Southern states was swift . Black codes or laws were instituted across the Southern states that forbade slaves to learn to read , to assemble , to bring suit against White persons , or to travel without permission . Little distinction was made between free and enslaved Blacks . Even Sunday schools began to limit access to African Americans , who then clandestinely operated their own schools . Southern plantations were feudalistic , worlds that manufactured their own food , clothing , tools , and buildings . As a result , training programs developed that allowed slaves to acquire some necessary skills . When they were trained to meet certain needs on the plantation , slaves served a kind of apprenticeship . In some cases , masters paid to have promising and trusted slaves apprenticed to master craftsmen . This arrangement benefited the plantation owners who often hired out slaves to other plantations for profit and were able to reap a higher price when skilled craftsmen went on the auction block . The Colonial Era model of apprenticeship also required that masters teach their students to read and write . While some masters did so , others ignored it and were not penalized . Despite the fact that the practice of hiring out was discouraged by Southern states , it allowed plantations to become , as Booker Washington observed , industrial ' Enslaved men became carpenters , blacksmiths , machinists , cooks , and farmers . Women were farmers and cooks , seamstresses , weavers , and midwives . This system contributed to the development of skilled workers within both the free Black and slave populations . The example of Dave the Slave is a case in point . David Drake ( also known as Dave the Slave or Dave the Potter , may have been born in the United States . His first owner was Harvey Drake , who , with Abner , owned a large pottery business in , South Carolina . Although it is unclear how he learned to read and write , scholars speculate that Dave worked for , South Booker Washington , Up from ( New York , 1901 ) 175 .
125 Carolina , newspaper The Hive . After Harvey Drake died , Dave ownership was transferred to son and subsequently , to his grandson Franklin . In 1849 , Lewis Miles acquired ownership and Dave produced his largest amount of wares . Twenty of his jars and jugs are inscribed with original poetry , including couplets such as I wonder where is all my to every ' Fifty extant pieces display his signature maker mark , date , and other inscriptions . While the plantation economy was intended to deny access to educational experiences , what historian Henry Allen Bullock refers to as a hidden passage operated within the slave community prior to the start of the Civil Educational opportunities expanded for African slaves by the opening of the nineteenth century . Slaves who worked in the Big House , as opposed to field hands , were exposed to conversations and written materials . Before coming of age , there was a tendency for slave and White children to interact together . schools became an avenue through which slaves could be taught to read by their White companions ( Bullock , 10 ) The children of more benevolent slave owners sometimes defied the law and held informal learning sessions . Black leaders Frederick ( and Booker Washington described in their how they were able to become literate . Several factors motivated the African American quest for literacy ) since reading was explicitly forbidden , literacy was an act of defiance ) literacy served as a means of doing one assigned tasks and ) it was a means of socializing into the larger society . For Whites , religion also played a role in literacy . As a method of maintaining control over and enforcing obedience , planters would hold religious services on the plantation that often required Bible reading . It was thought to be a deterrent to and escapes as well as a means of civilizing Blacks by imposing Christianity . It is to note that , unlike New England and the Midwest , the South did not have a system of common schools , even for Whites . Common schools were Leona Todd , The Life and Legend of the Potter Dave ( New York Norton , 2008 ) 101 . Henry Allen Bullock , A of Negro Education in the South From 1619 to Present ( Cambridge Harvard University Press , 1967 )
126 supported institutions that taught a common ( or rudimentary ) curriculum in a common setting such as a school . Along with Webster , pupils practiced reading via the Eclectic Readers , which contained moral lessons and taught teachers how to pronounce words correctly in order to standardize the language . During the antebellum period , the diversity of language due to migration and immigration made it difficult to communicate . Although school reformer Horace Mann envisioned that the common school would ameliorate the divisions between the rich and poor , it did nor did it welcome Blacks , Native Americans , or Catholics . THE FREEDMEN BUREAU , PHILANTHROPY , AND BENEVOLENCE With the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 , Whites feared a mass of uneducated , newly freed Blacks in the South as well as those who had moved to the North , seeking the protection of the Union Army . The enormity of the situation was expressed by General William Sherman ( in February 1862 To relieve the government of a burden that may hereafter become unsupportable , and to enable the Blacks to support and govern themselves in the absence of their disloyal guardians , a suitable system of cultivation and instruction must be combined with one providing for physical Answering the call were benevolent societies in large Northern cities who sent clothing , food , and money , but also teachers for the refugees , who were referred to as contraband of war . Church organizations joined in , most notably the American Missionary Association which had been formed in 1849 for the propagation of the gospel at home and abroad . The Baptist Church , North Home Missionary Society , Freedmen Aid Society , and General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church also funneled money and supplies through the Union Army . Mary ( a , member of the Hampton , Virginia , Black elite opened one of the first schools for freedmen in 1861 at Fortress Monroe , Virginia . In 1862 , 53 Elizabeth Hyde , Days Amongst the ( Boston Lea and Shepherd Publishers , 1893 )
127 missionaries mainly from New York and Boston landed at , South Carolina , and started the first extensive schools for former slaves on the Sea Islands . Since the benevolent societies were located in the North and their stated mission was education for salvation , they set about devising a school system based on the New England common school . As the relief effort taxed the army , the Congress passed an act in 1865 creating the Bureau of Refugees , Freedmen , and Abandoned Lands , which was known as the Freedmen Bureau . Operating out of the War Department , the Bureau was a custodial agency charged with securing the health , sustenance , and legal rights for refugees and provide them with the foundations of education . The act served to legitimize the teachers of the benevolent societies and to protect them . However , many in the army did not feel it was their job , as is expressed in a letter by a teacher in The in 1865 about gathering scholars have forty . Did well enough till it rained since then have walked three miles a day , in thick , Black mud , that pulls off my shoes . Nothing to eat but strong pork and sour bread . Insulted for a nigger Ca buy anything on credit , and have a cent of money . The school shed has no floor , and the rains sweep clean across it , through the places where the windows should be . I have to huddle the children first in one corner and then in another , to keep them from drowning or . The Provost Marshal wo help me . Says he do believe in nigger list to help The children come , rain or shine , plunging through the of them as far as I do . Pretty pictures they are . What shall I do ?
If it will ever stop raining , I can get ' Referred to derisively as Yankee , this challenge provided adventurous women an occupational opportunity . The were Black as well as White and generally stayed in the South only a year or two . Black teachers such as Charlotte Forten ( an Philadelphia teacher , who were newly exposed to the and racism of the South , found it difficult to stay . White women saw it as their missionary duty and were criticized for importing New England Puritan values into the South such as punctuality , cleanliness , good manners , and standard Freedmen , Chicago , Vol . No . May , 1865 .
128 speech . It should be noted that the Freedmen Bureau shouldered much of the burden by contributing in taxes and tuition and donating approximately through their own church organizations . This generosity was despite the fact that they were now sharecropping , starting businesses , and establishing other institutions such as churches and aid societies that would lead to the formation of a Black middle class . This pattern of matching funds would set in place a pattern capitalized on by philanthropists during the late and early . By 1869 , more than teachers were working in the Freedmen schools . By 1870 , when their educational work ended , the Freedmen Bureau had established schools with an enrollment of students . Those in Louisiana , Virginia , and North Carolina made the most progress toward an organized system of education . Historian James Anderson points out that by Blacks to are harder to track and , as a result , underappreciated in the historical record . Whites were often not happy with the educational progress afforded to Blacks . Makeshift schools that met in outbuildings and abandoned shacks were burned and teachers were threatened . But some White children began to attend Freedmen schools , which became briefly multiracial . MAKING THE CASE FOR BLACK HIGHER EDUCATION There was also a recognized need for professional education by which Black doctors , lawyers , and teachers could be trained . The Freedmen Bureau cooperated with philanthropic and religious organizations to develop a number of institutions of higher education . Although the curriculum initially consisted of elementary and secondary ( high school ) work , the colleges would eventually grow into their name . In 1866 , the American Missionary Association established Fisk University ( originally the Fisk Free Colored School ) in Nashville , Tennessee , and College ( originally named for Freedmen Bureau General Wager ) in 1867 in , Alabama . Fisk classes were initially held in the barracks of the Union Army . In the , a coeducational singing
129 group of students later named the Jubilee Singers was formed that performed traditional and slave songs . The proceeds from the sale of shackles and chains from a slave pit on the Fisk property were used to fund their travel and touring expenses . Other religious denominations and aid societies began to turn their attention to higher education as well . This was not the case for Howard University , however . Sponsored by the First Congregational Society of Washington , it was originally founded as a seminary for the education of African American clergymen . It was named for General Oliver Otis Howard ( a Civil War hero , who was the Commissioner of the Freedmen Bureau and later president of the University , Chartered in 1867 , Howard was funded by philanthropy and tuition as well as an annual congressional appropriation from the Department of Education . This arrangement would lead some historians of higher education to refer to Howard as the national African American university . Unlike other colleges , Howard was devoted to graduate and professional education from its very beginning , including medical training , law , sociology , and history focused on the Black experience . By 1890 , more than 200 colleges dedicated to serving Black students had been founded by a combination of funds from missionary groups , Black churches and benevolent groups , and the Freedman Bureau . These universities would form the infrastructure of Black higher education , and were later joined by institutions sponsored by the Land Grant Act of 1862 . The first Act focused on branches of learning as related to agricultural and the mechanical arts . The Second Act of 1890 required separate institutions for persons of color . Among the seventy colleges and universities which evolved from the Acts are several of historically Black colleges and universities , such as Mississippi State ( established in 1871 ) Georgia Fort Valley State ( established 1895 ) and Kentucky State Normal School for Colored Persons ( established 1886 ) which would later extend beyond its function as a Normal school that focused on training teachers and be renamed Kentucky State University .
130 The founding of these numerous colleges precipitated a fierce debate between Booker Washington and over the nature of the educational curriculum for Black students . Booker Washington ( was born into slavery in Virginia to an African American slave and a White plantation owner . After emancipation , his mother moved the family to West Virginia to join her husband . Washington began to learn to read and attended school for the first time . He worked in salt furnaces and coal mines in West Virginia and then made his way to Hampton Institute . Hampton Institute president General Samuel Armstrong served as a mentor and recommended that Washington become the first leader of Normal and Industrial Institute , which opened in 1881 . By 1890 , Armstrong had articulated his theory of Black education and was convinced that the moral uplift of Blacks could be achieved through labor . He presented industrial education as the force capable of elevating Blacks to a level of acceptance by the South and the nation . He identified hard work as a Christian virtue and a civilizing force . According to Armstrong , Blacks disliked labor because they had been forced to work all their lives . But an industrial system would make Blacks not only , but also provide the South with a labor force . His ideology took hold in Washington . When he became principal of , it was modeled on Hampton . Responding to the context in which Blacks lived , mission was originally to supply teachers for various schools but it was also intended that teachers be able and eager to teach vocational skills such as gardening and carpentry . Students had to apply practical skills even to their more academic courses . Washington emphasized literacy for freedmen and basic education and training in manual and domestic labor trades . This , ideology , however , also led to a discriminatory base for Black one that ostensibly required less money , teachers , and fewer resources . Washington influence on conservative social and educational issues for Blacks made him popular among not only Black leaders but also White philanthropists . Some Blacks , however , criticized his control over the Black masses as the Machine . Nevertheless , he became the foremost Black leader in the era . His autobiography , Up from , recounted his struggle to escape poverty and
131 gain an education . Emphasizing the Hampton model , the term soon came to stand for industrial education as the preferred educational curriculum for Blacks . William Henry Baldwin , the president of Long Island Railroad , convinced other major White philanthropists to support , particularly the president of Sears , Roebuck and Company Julius . Perhaps no statement was more derided than Washington address to the attendees of the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895 , when Washington , flanked by wealthy White benefactors , stated to the crowd In all things that are purely social we can be as separate as the , yet one as the hand in all things of mutual Uttered during a period of increased incidences of lynching , Washington comments preceded by a year the Supreme Court ruling in Ferguson that upheld racial segregation and codified the doctrine of separate but By eschewing civil and political rights , Washington was accused of accommodating to White interests by , newspaper editor Monroe Trotter , and other members of the Black intelligentsia . William Edward ( was born in Great , Massachusetts , to parents who were pant of a small free Black community . After attending local integrated public schools , neighbors and the First Congregational Church of Great sponsored his collegiate education . He matriculated at Fisk University and later received a second bachelor degree in history from Harvard since White schools would not accept credits from a Black college . After studying at the University of Berlin on a fellowship from the John Slater Fund for the Education of Freedmen , he returned to Harvard and was the first African American to earn a doctorate from that institution in 1895 . He performed sociological field research in Black neighborhoods and published The Philadelphia Negro in 1899 , the first case study of a Black community in the United States . In that study , he described the Black underclass as the submerged tenth and would later use the term the Talented Tenth Booker Washington , Address delivered at the Opening of the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition , September 18 , 1895 .
132 to indicate a Black elite class who should be educated in the classics , humanities , and social and physical sciences . He came to believe that racial integration was the key to democratic equality in American cities . educational views began to when he opposed apparent accommodation to White interests as expressed in the Atlanta Compromise . He felt that Black schools should focus more on liberal arts and an academic curriculum as a means of developing a leadership cadre . His publication in 1903 of The Souls of Black took direct aim at Washington silence on civil and political rights . Although both men emphasized education , the debate over the curriculum would continue , and Black colleges and universities were caught in the middle . As a result , many chose to skillfully incorporate both a curriculum and a vocational curriculum , in order to attract money from White philanthropists . But these Black leaders were not the only ones who began to devise a plan for Black education . DECISIONS AT CAPON SPRINGS On June 29 , 1898 , a group of White ministers , college presidents , and philanthropists met in Capon Springs , West Virginia , to formulate their own philosophy in regards to training Black teachers and leaders . This gathering was the start of a series known as the Capon Springs Conference for Education in the South . By the end of the Third Conference at Capon Springs , it was agreed by all members that the best way to provide training for Blacks was to first provide adequate schools and education for the neglected Southern Whites . The schools would be separate but operate under one set of laws and supported by taxes paid by the pupil . It was decided that certain Black colleges would be strengthened for the purpose of training ministers , physicians , and lawyers . In this instance , there was at least an inkling of recognition for the need for a differentiated curriculum rather than one that treated the race as a homogeneous mass . It also marked the beginning of the formulation of the concept of negro education that
133 encompassed the morality and lessons of the common school and reserved industrial education for Blacks . At the opening of the Fourth Conference in 1901 , the Southern Education Board ( was established to sway public opinion on behalf of public schools and solicit gifts from private persons , boards , and philanthropic foundations to promote public education . Specifically , the General Education Board ( made up of the trustees of the , handled gifts and grants . In 1909 Standard Oil owner John Rockefeller and his son established the Rockefeller Foundation , in part to deflect criticism of the Standard Oil company ruthless business dealings . By 1914 , it had invested in schools for Blacks and begun a philanthropic agenda that involved farming in the Southern states , public high schools in the South , and a campaign to eradicate hookworm . As a result , the Conference for Education in the South became the most influential educational force in the history of the region , spanning the entire realm of Southern education . Philanthropists funneled money through it , public school officials sought its advice , and state legislatures paid attention . The goal was to make Southern people more willing to accept taxation for the purpose of financing education for their children . Although they were not at the table , Blacks reaped some benefits . Some of the states equalized school terms and normal schools for Blacks were established with newly acquired public funds . But as time passed , industrial education became almost solely a Black school curriculum . The transferred its functions to the in 1914 . The result was that Black hopes for equality of educational opportunity had been sacrificed because of the decisions . The South accepted its responsibility for Black education but the division had been made . The federal government was excluded from Black education and the door was opened wider to the whims and prerogatives of White philanthropy . The economic revolution of the late nineteenth century created a class of wealthy industrialists . Many of these individuals were men who believed in individualism and monopolistic business practices . To some extent , their investment in the South was motivated by . The South offered a ready labor market and a means to offset the criticism . In 1867 , financier George ( established the Educational Fund for the promotion of education in the American South . The fund
134 supported public schools as well as normal schools , and beginning a pattern that would persist , it required local communities to provide matching funds at a ratio of up to three or four dollars for every one dollar in support . Clearly directed at industrial education , the Fund focused its attention on assisting the South , but not particularly Blacks . It was going to assist in the establishment of a permanent system of public education by granting scholarships to students who were studying to be teachers and in the promotion of industrial education . The trustees of the fund directed their efforts toward providing separate schools for the races . In 1914 , the Fund merged with the Slater Fund ( A Connecticut textile manufacturer , John Slater ( had created a fund in 1882 for industrial education among the freedmen of the South , focusing on teacher training and industrial education for Blacks . By 1911 , the Fund began to encourage the development of a system of county training schools to provide courses in teacher training and basic industries . The Slater Fund supported colleges in order to develop teachers for the complement of county training schools , which it was seeking to build . It provided substantial support for the Black colleges that denominational groups had established and funded Hampton and disproportionally . It supported Black colleges to establish and maintain industrial departments , even if those colleges had originally developed as liberal arts institutions . The school would become a permanent part of the South public school system . Hollis , the White president of Hampton , and Booker Washington approached Miss Anna , a Philadelphia Quaker , for assistance in the development of a rural school program that had been started by their respective institutions . The Rural School Fund would develop an extension service that combined practical lessons with traditional subjects . Black teacher Virginia Randolph , who worked with a Black school in County , Virginia , administered the model . She visited other teachers and encouraged them to improve their and start industrial training . The first teacher was Virginia Estelle Randolph ( 1958 ) appointed in 1908 to work in County , Virginia . She was to be a helper rather than a supervisor and responsible to the local school superintendent and his school
135 board . Other funds soon began to contribute to the Fund and it spread to other states . Although the school was the core of the program , it was also concerned with public relations in that it sought to cultivate community interest in school welfare . This involved changes in the curriculum and a more applied approach to issues encountered in the everyday environment of African Americans . The teachers participated in churches , clubs , and community improvement leagues . teachers taught the children to grow or produce many of the products that their parents bought from stores . The school garden and its products were utilized to teach methods of canning and preserving vegetables . The Julius Fund ( perhaps had the biggest impact on Black education . Julius used money derived from his presidency of Sears , Roebuck and Company . He also funded the construction of sixteen Young Men Christian Association ( YMCA ) buildings and one Young Women Christian Association ( for Blacks and supported a large Black housing project in Chicago known as the Michigan Boulevard Garden Apartments in 1929 . became a trustee of Institute and established the Rural School Building Program in 1917 . established a nonprofit enterprise that directed its interests toward building rural schools , later toward the support of high schools and colleges , and finally toward the provision of fellowships to enable Blacks and Whites of unusual promise to advance their careers . Its most program was the Rural Program started at . In a matching fund system , Blacks had to supply money and labor to support the schools , which were known as schools . Blacks purchased the land and some White citizens contributed a little money . The program lasted from 1917 to 1932 and built public schools , shops , and teachers homes in 883 counties of fifteen Southern states . In accordance with Progressive Era philosophy , the architectural plans were standardized . The Schools became a part of the public school system . In 1925 , the Fund began work in the field of library services . It assembled and distributed small sets of books to rural schools , attempted to improve the library facilities of Black colleges , and cooperated in the establishment of country library systems . This program was extended to the development of libraries in Black colleges . However , some of the
136 material goods received by Black colleges from Sears , Roebuck and Company were often seconds or imperfect products . In addition , no Blacks were employed at the Sears headquarters in Chicago . The Fellowship program gave matching grants to both White and Blacks to pursue advanced training at Northern institutions . For Blacks , it would lead to the development of a leadership cadre of teachers at Black institutions who could professionalize by earning an advanced degree and return to Black institutions better trained . This , in turn , would lead to institution building on the part of Black colleges . The selection was made through applications and interviews . At first , the Fund focused on teachers but over time , the Fund awarded fellowships to writers , painters , dancers , and musical composers . After a while , there were not enough positions in Black higher education to provide jobs because White colleges resisted hiring them . As a result , some high schools benefited . For example , High School in , Indiana , had on its faculty teachers who had received such fellowships and contributed to the reputation that it was the jewel in the crown of Black schools in Indiana . As the Fund became more attuned to the problems of segregation , it shifted its attention to the field of race relations until the Fund closed in 1948 . It was express desire that the Fund should expend its capital and not seek to exist in perpetuity . THE AND THE SUPREME COURT The formation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ( in 1910 included as one of its objectives the commencement of a scientific study of Black schools and the formation of a national committee for the purpose of studying the question of national aid for education . Led by Charles Houston , the vice dean of Howard University School of Law , a cadre of lawyers filed suits against graduate and professional schools who did not admit Blacks . In this regard , the 1896 ruling of Separate but Equal was vulnerable . Some elite private schools had been willing to accept
137 Blacks that were studying law or theology but virtually no public graduate or professional schools admitted Blacks in the South . Focusing on small numbers of mature graduate students was expected to quell White fears . Beginning in 1935 , the filed suits against institutions in border states to accommodate Black students . In response , Southern states instituted tuition scholarship programs whereby the states would reimburse Black graduate students for tuition or bus fare to travel to Northern institutions . But this meant that Blacks had to leave their families behind and the reimbursement was often not commensurate with the costs incurred by graduate study . The practice , however , lasted well into the in some states despite that fact that in 1938 , the United States Supreme Court ruled in Missouri . Gaines Canada that the scholarships did not eliminate the discrimination . The Southern states largely ignored the ruling . Although the lost cases in Kansas and Tennessee , it secured an important win in a case involving Ada Lois denied application for admission to the University of Oklahoma law school . In 1947 , the Supreme Court ruled in Board of Regents of University of Oklahoma that the state was compelled to establish a law school for Blacks within a state institution by . After delays , was eventually admitted to the University of Oklahoma law school in 1949 . The next case was that of Marion , who had applied for admission to the University of Texas law school , since it was the only one in the state of Texas . In Painter the District Court of Travis County ruled that had been denied equal protection of the laws as guaranteed by the Fourteenth Amendment . The ruling stipulated that the state of Texas had to establish a separate but equal law school for him . A law school was set up at Houston , Texas , under the supervision of historically Black Prairie View A College , which was clearly not equal to the White school . In 1950 , the Supreme Court found in favor of and ordered that he be admitted to the University of Texas law school . Although more suits were filed , and some states remained resistant , considerable progress in the integration of graduate education had been accomplished by 1950 .
138 Encouraged by this progress , the turned its attention to elementary and secondary schools . Although Black parents had filed lawsuits challenging the unequal conditions of Black schools compared with White ones , each suit had to be fought at the local level . The , led by attorney Marshall , decided to challenge the practice of separate but equal as unconstitutional , thereby overruling Ferguson . Several cases were consolidated . A unique strategy was employed when psychologists Kenneth Clark and Mamie Clark conducted experiments with dolls . Children were asked questions about Black and White dolls such as who is smarter , who is prettier , and so forth . When even the Black children chose the White doll , it the argument that segregation was the root cause of low and , therefore , inherently discriminatory . A unified Supreme Court issued the landmark decision in Brown . Board of Education of in 1954 , ruling that in the field of public education the doctrine of separate but equal has no place . Separate educational facilities are inherently ' Contrary to common belief , the issue was not bilaterally supported . Not all Blacks wanted integration , but they did want equality . Black community schools were places of nurturing and comfort , despite not having the newest books and furniture . Teachers and principals were often leaders in their communities and parents were involved in their children education . The decision in Brown would set a precedent for other court cases in regards to inclusion . But White resistance continued . In 1958 , in Little Rock , Arkansas , nine Black children chosen for their excellent grades attempted to integrate Little Central High School . President Dwight Eisenhower , a gradualist , tried to take a moderate stand . As tensions flared , he finally sent in federal troops and activated the Arkansas National Guard . The children were admitted and all but one finished the year at Central High . But afterward , White governors closed public schools throughout the South to avoid integration . But if the Supreme Court had envisioned an end to segregation , integration would be another matter . Brown . Board of Education of , 347 483 , May 17 , 1954 , 495 .
139 Questioning the actions of Southern states to integrate the schools , the case of Swann et . Charlotte Board of Education et . was filed by the Legal Defense Fund on behalf of James Swann and nine other families . In 1965 , Judge Braxton Craven ruled in favor of the Charlotte Schools ( but the case was filed again . The issue was whether or not school term that described a desegregation effort that bused school children from their neighborhood schools into different schools in the an appropriate remedy for the problem of racial imbalance in schools . The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and led to the widespread use of busing to end segregation . But the COUl also mandated that , once the schools were determined to be , busing would end . The use of busing during the and made Charlotte known nationally as the city that made desegregation But in the , introduced a choice plan around the concept of magnet schools . White families complained , however , and the federal order of busing ended in Charlotte . then crafted a School Choice Plan that divided the city into four large attendance zones based on neighborhoods . A similar dismantling of the use of busing to racially equalize school populations has occurred throughout the South and Midwest . CONCLUSION The slaves freed by the Emancipation Proclamation looked at education as a means of realizing freedom and social inclusion . Their children , however , were tracked into a system of industrial education and a path to citizenship crafted by Northern industrial philanthropists , some Black educators , and most Southern school officials . The decisions made at Capon Springs gave Whites control over the direction , structure , and content of Black elementary , secondary , normal , and college education until the 19405 . With the formation of the , however , Blacks strategically used the legal system to dismantle school segregation , and in its wake , segregation in all facets of society .
140 Discussion Questions . African Americans were conflicted about integrated schools . What are the benefits and what are the disadvantages of school integration ?
The debate for negro education centered around the curriculum . What are the benefits of a curriculum versus a ( industrial ) curriculum ?
Booker Washington remains a controversial figure . By advocating for industrial training for the Black masses , was he an to White interests or a realist ?
In 2010 , Mark , of Facebook , donated 100 million to the failing Newark , New Jersey , school system . It did go well . Was he following in the paths of the educational philanthropists of the Progressive Era ?
Was it a wise decision for the lawyers to use psychological methods to argue that racial segregation was inherently harmful ?
Writing Prompt Brown . the Board of Education is considered a precedent for other cases in which students have been prevented from participating fully in the public school system . Can you identify at least two of them and explain why Brown acted as a precedent ?
View episode of Teacher . schoolteachers lament the end of busing as a solution to equity in public schools . What are the pros and cons of busing as a strategy and why did it work well in Charlotte ?