The History of Segregated Schools in Baltimore

The following selections are the first in a two part series on the impact (or lack thereof) of the Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. This first set is focused on how the Brown vs. Board of Education decision has played out in Baltimore City. The order of the files should be viewed from left to right, starting with the Baltimore Sun short documentary. For history buffs you will truly enjoy Berkowitz’s selection from Maryland Historical Society Magazine. And for teachers looking for how to use primary source documents, and oral histories to teach this topic, Dave Armenti’s blogs are useful classroom tools.  Jay Gillen and Michael Corbin, both seasoned Baltimore City public school teachers, have each published pieces that give a contemporary look at how desegregation in Baltimore is perceived by their students in hyper-segregated schools.

Desegregating Baltimore Schools

This is a video from 2004 that was made by Baltimore Sun reporters: Liz Bowie, Mike Bowler, and Tanika White.  It has some very interesting interviews and provides a somewhat positive spin on the progress that came about in Baltimore both before and after Brown vs Board.

A Representative Anecdote: Brown vs. Board Taught in a Segregated Classroom

Gillen Part III (PDF) This is a chapter from Jay Gillen’s recently published book: Educating for insurgency: The roles of young people in schools of poverty.  Gillen takes the reader through the teaching of Brown vs Board of Education in a segregated classroom in Baltimore as if it were a play being acted on the stage.  … Continue reading A Representative Anecdote: Brown vs. Board Taught in a Segregated Classroom