Gary Orfield, Ph.D.Professor, UCLA Graduate School of Education
Episode 3 |
Fifty years after the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, have we delivered on the promise to desegregate our school systems?
If segregation isn’t an issue any more, how is it that many of our children’s classrooms have little or no diversity? Professor Gary Orfield is the founder of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA. He was at the March 50 years ago and has spent the better part of his career exploring how and why American classrooms have re-segregated along ethnic, and often, socio-economic lines.
Shukree explores this backward momentum with a trip to St. Louis, where a controversial Missouri Supreme Court decision has allowed students from a failing district which is 90% African American to transfer to a neighboring district that is 90% white, much to the chagrin of some students and parents. He speaks with students, teachers and administrators there, some of whom see parallels between St. Louis of today and the Little Rock of yesterday.
>> Each short film in the series takes on one of the themes that brought thousands to the mall in 1963 through a contemporary lens. These short documentaries look at how far we still have to go to address the major issues of the March all these decades later.
>> In the next episode, the filmmaker will look at what the marcher’s may have meant by “Freedom” through the contemporary reality of exploding Black male incarceration rates.
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