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Integration in D.C. Schools, December 15, 1964

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An African American teacher addresses a classroom of black and white children in Washington, D.C., in 1964.
Courtesy of Library of Congress, Leffler, Warren, U.S. News & World Report Magazine, 15 December 1964


After the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, integration of public school classrooms was still a work in progress. This photo, taken 10 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, showed a class in Washington, D.C., in 1964 that has both African-American and white students in the same classroom.

Source-Dependent Questions

Compare and contrast this photo to "African American Children Encounter Protesters" along with previous sources.

  • Why did white adults protest school desegregation? What were some reasons that white adults did not think that their children should go to school with African-American children?
  • Does it appear that the children in this image are learning? How does this image show progress in the fight to desegregate public schools?

Citation Information

Leffler, Warren, U.S. News & World Report Magazine, 15 December 1964. Courtesy of Library of Congress