Harming our Common Future: America's Segregated Schools 65 Years after Brown

Erica Frankenberg, Jongyeon Ee, Jennifer B. Ayscue, and Gary Orfield

May 10, 2019

The publication of this report marks the 65th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case declaring racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional. In the immediate years after the Brown ruling, the effort to integrate schools faced many difficult challenges and progress was limited. But the passage of the l964 Civil Rights Act as well as a series of Supreme Court decisions in the l960s and early 1970s produced momentum towards increased desegregation for black students that lasted until the late l980s, as districts across much of the country worked to achieve the promise of Brown--integrated schools for all children. As we mark the 65th anniversary of Brown, there have been many changes since the ruling, but intense levels of segregation—which had decreased markedly after 1954 for black students—are on the rise once again.

Report released on May 10, 2019 through the UCLA Civil Rights Project and Penn State’s Center for Education and Civil Rights (CECR)