What was the last public school to desegregate in the United States? What was the date of completion for that schools desegregation?

  • Not to mention there are numerous places (particularly in the rural mountain west) where it is technically still segregated because no African-American family has ever lived there.
    – T.E.D.
    Sep 29 '13 at 14:43
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    @T.E.D. - it's not "segregated" unless the rules prohibit the student of the race from attending.
    – DVK
    Oct 1 '13 at 13:21
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    @DVK - Again, you are talking politics on a History site. If we are talking about activities associated with the history of desegregation here, that includes busing. If you want to argue with someone about what different thing it really should mean today, that's the domain of the Politics stack.
    – T.E.D.
    Oct 1 '13 at 15:19
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    Is there a reason I'm unaware of that this question is being voted down? Oct 2 '13 at 15:56
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    The question was edited to specify the United States, so I think there is an exact answer for this question. I'm voting to keep this one open, unless it really is that opinionated a topic. Oct 8 '13 at 11:21

In 1979, the American Civil Liberties Union reopened the Brown suit, asserting that the existence of 13 racially segregated schools on either side of Topeka Boulevard violated the 1954 High Court ruling. Signing on to the suit was Linda Brown Thompson, who was 11 when her father and other black parents brought the first Brown suit.

After years of legal maneuvering, in 1993 a Federal court agreed with the A.C.L.U. Now the Topeka district is proposing to close some of the segregated schools, bus more of its 15,000 students across neighborhood lines and create magnet schools, all in the name of integration.

This information is also shown on the museum of Brown Vs Board of education which I recently visited and they have a board that say the last school was desegregated in 1994.

Source: NYTimes


Boston Massachusetts was the Last to desegregate. Mississippi was forced to desegregate at gun point before the Schools in the North were forced to by riots. The riots in Boston, 1974-1976, were Worse than any in Mississippi.


May 17th 1954 congress decided it was against some amendment and you can find the details on PBS website however from what I could find it seems that Mississippi as a whole did not want integrated schools but stuck out for freedom of choice and it's worth reading about how racist people were and it seems it eventually came about in Mississippi in 1970,

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    Welcome to the site, Wilma c, and thanks for trying to answer this. I think you can improve this answer by adding links to the sources you're referring to ("it's worth reading about" -- where? And where did you find the info about Mississippi?), and by being more specific ("some amendment"?).
    – litlnemo
    May 5 '14 at 23:15

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