How Black Teachers Lost When Civil Rights Won In Brown V. Board

Black students are more likely to attend college when they have Black teachers at the K-12 level. SDI Productions/E+ via Getty Images BY DIANA D'AMICO PAWLEWICZ, ANDREA GUILDEN PITTMAN, ANDRENE J. CASTRO AND MARVIN G. POWELL Brown v. Board of Education , the Supreme Court decision that desegregated public schools, stands in the collective national memory as a turning point in America’s fight for racial justice. But as the U.S. observes its 70th anniversary, Brown also represents something more somber: It ultimately led to thousands of Black teachers losing their jobs. Before Brown, Black teachers constituted 35% to 50% of the teacher workforce in segregated states . Today, Black people account for just 6.7% of America’s public K-12 teachers, even as Black children make up more than 15% of public school students. As researchers focused on education policy , teacher diversity , critical research methods and teacher quality , we believe this is an important piece of unfinished busi

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