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.
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.
Image courtesy of Baltimore Brew “Why do no white kids go to school here?” A 14-year-old ninth-grader asked me this question earlier this semester about the school she attends and where I teach. Smart and genuinely curious, she asked the question without any of that world-weary irony and moral casuistry that often attends questions from … Continue reading Urban schools are still segregated
Berkowitz Baltimore Public Schools in a Time of Transition (PDF) Berkowitz, in this piece from the Maryland Historical Society’s magazine, offers a scholarly and well researched view of the period from the early 1950s to the crisis of 1974 when teachers went on strike. Berkowitz describes a period of white flight from the city, protests over … Continue reading Baltimore’s Public Schools in a Time of Transition
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
Within the past two years, Dave Armenti of the Maryland Historical Society has written three blog pieces about desegregation in Baltimore primarily using oral history interviews and historical newspaper archives. These posts are a little less dense and academic than the Berkowitz piece and can also give teachers a model for piecing together different primary … Continue reading On Desegregation In Baltimore by Dave Armenti