Those Who Lived It See Unresolved Issues of Brown v. BOE Today - Higher Education: Danny K. Davis remembers being driven to a one-room school house in a flatbed truck outfitted with nailed-down benches for the students to sit on. Sixty years ago, Brown v. Board of Education made the substandard early education that Davis, now a U.S. representative from Illinois, received, illegal.
Yet how much ground has been gained in those 60 years? “Many of the problems … that we were experiencing in 1954, we’re still experiencing now,” said Davis. “So freedom is a hard-won thing. Each generation has to win it, and win it again.”
The panel, “Educational Success for Black Men and Boys in a Post Brown v. Board of Education Era,” addressed issues of continuing inequality in the U.S. school system at the Rayburn House last Thursday.