School Busing - Preface

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Photograph depicting a scene of demonstrators in Boston when forced busing was implemented in 1974.  Image online, courtesy thecivilrightsmuseum.wikispaces.com. License:  CC BY-SA 3.0 


Today's objective is to eliminate from the
public schools all vestiges of state-imposed

United States Supreme Court
Swann v Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
April, 1971

Dr. Darius Swann, professor of theology, was upset. He, and his wife Vera, wanted their son James to attend the nearby predominately white school - not the predominately black school located miles away. After all, the United States Supreme Court had ruled America’s "separate but equal" schools were unconstitutional.

But the path to equal education has never been easy. Nine black students in Little Rock, Arkansas learned that truth first-hand during the fall of 1957. 

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Original Release: Apr 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016

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