Journal Article: Dear Zora: A Letter to Zora Neale Hurston 50 Years After <i>Brown</i>


Equal Education, Justice, Life Experiences, Racial and Ethnic, Differences, Schools


Fine, Michelle; Bloom, Janice; Burns, April; Chajet, Lori; Guishard, Monique; Payne, Yasser; Perkins-Munn, Tiffany; Torre, Maria Elena


2005, Mar


This article reports on the extensive qualitative and quantitative findings of a multimethod participatory study designed to assess urban and suburban youths' experiences of racial/class justice or injustice in their schools and throughout the nation. Constructed as a letter to Zora Neale Hurston, who was immediately critical of the Brown decision in 1955, the article lays out the victories of Brown and the ongoing struggles, what we call "six degrees of segregation" that identify systematic policies that ensure an opportunity gap. The article theorizes the academic, social and psychological consequences of persistent inequity on youth of color and White American youth--all adversely affected by systematic educational inequities that persist 50 years after Brown. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA ) (journal abstract)


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