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Remembering Early Desegregation In Florida

Howard University School of Law

This weekend marks the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education — the Supreme Court decision declaring separate schools were inherently unequal.A recent ProPublica investigation found at least 300 school districts that are still under court-ordered desegregation. Eleven of those districts are in Florida.

Even though Miami-Dade County had those desegregation orders lifted relatively recently in 2001, it was an early state leader in desegregation, putting black and white children and black and white teachers in the same schools.

StateImpact Florida collected memories from some of those students and teachers.

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David Smiley and Emily Michot of the Miami Herald contributed to this story. Some of these stories came to us from the Public Insight Network, an online community of people who have agreed to share their opinions with The Miami Herald and WLRN. Become a news source for WLRN by going to

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