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Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Published March 28, 2012

Craig Steven Wilder, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
UFT Headquarters, Bronx, NY
May 24, 2011

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.  Building on data from his book A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (2000) Professor Wilder describes the evolution of residential segregation as a direct result of the intentional segregation of urban schools, which pre-dated the public housing policies that maintained residential segregation in northern cities for the greater part of the 20th century.  This talk was delivered on May 24th, 2011, at the United Federation of Teachers headquarters in the Bronx, New York.

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