DESEGREGATION: A DREAM DELAYED investigates the failure of school desegregation in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, the venue of the oldest federal desegregation lawsuit in United States history. The program explores how and why this failure occurred and leads viewers through to the case's recent conclusion. During 45 years of litigation, there was minimal progress in creating a school system that provided quality education to students regardless of their race. Contrary to its intentions, the U.S. Justice Department and the federal judiciary accomplished just the opposite. They had re- segregated a school system that fell far short of the goals and ideals rooted in the U.S. Supreme Court's 1954 Brown decision and other subsequent high court rulings. DESEGREGATION: A DREAM DELAYED attempts to explain the complex and multi-layered reasons behind the long-delayed melding of races and cultures in public schools. This provocative documentary offers a better understanding of the process by which communities unify to provide quality education and social structure for its youth.
Desegregation: A Dream Delayed|