LEWISBURG, Pa. — Susan Eaton will give the lecture, "Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Repeal of Brown v. Board of Education," Tuesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell.
The lecture, part of the "Brown at 50" Symposium Series sponsored by Bucknell's department of education. is free to the public.
The 1954 decision in Brown v. Board of Education noted a disparity in the quality of education provided by "white schools" and those schools serving a large proportion of students of color. Concluding that separate educational facilities are inherently unequal and thus unconstitutional, the Supreme Court required the desegregation of schools across America.
The Brown ruling marked a major victory for civil rights advocates and minority populations. Yet, according to Eaton, much of the initial progress in social policy has been eliminated during the past decade. Eaton's data show that urban isolation and the rapid growth of suburban minorities have produced largely racially segregated schools.
Co-author of the book Dismantling Desegregation (with Gary Orfield), Eaton serves as consulting researcher for the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University.
The "Brown at 50" Symposium Series is provided for in part by: the President's Office; University Lectureship Committee; history department; Dean of Students Office; Residential Colleges; Central Susquehanna Valley Intermediate Unit; Race/Gender Resource Center; Bucknell Office of Alumni, Parents, and Volunteers; Bucknell Black Alumni Association; and the Women's Resource Center.