de·​seg·​re·​ga·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce desegregation (audio) \

Definition of desegregation

1 : the state of being desegregated
2 : the action or an instance of desegregating

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The legacy of a discriminatory response to desegregation continues a half-century on, with limited benefit to children. The Economist, "Why America lost so many of its black teachers," 8 July 2019 In addition to the desegregation of city services, Landrieu championed the revitalization of the Central Business District. Mike Scott,, "They call him head of 'the Cajun Kennedys.' We call him Moon.," 14 Mar. 2018 In 1970, school desegregation finally came to Belle Glade, 16 years after the Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. Ron Mccurdy With Cari Lynn, WSJ, "When My Father Stood Up For His Rights," 15 June 2019 As a child, Atkins was bused from his predominantly black neighborhood to a predominantly white middle school as part of a district desegregation initiative. Scottie Andrew And Brian Ries, CNN, "He started as a custodian. Now he's a principal in the same school district.," 11 June 2019 More than four decades ago, early in his Senate career, Biden was a vocal opponent of busing aimed at school desegregation. Mark Z. Barabak,, "For many black voters, 2020 isn’t about pride or making history. It’s about beating Trump," 6 June 2019 Taylor would later champion the desegregation of New Orleans Recreation Department programs. Mike Scott,, "Dorothy Mae Taylor, change agent: 1 of 300," 7 Feb. 2018 That legacy continues at about 100 institutions nationwide that were started to serve black communities before desegregation. Jason Gonzales, USA TODAY, "Enduring HBCUs rising for changing student needs," 13 Feb. 2018 Developing a reasonable expertise in something, from US-China relations to renewable energy to school desegregation to fashion trends in Italy to terraforming Mars, requires no magic or secret guild training. David Roberts, Vox, "My advice for aspiring explainer journalists," 9 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of desegregation

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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de·​seg·​re·​ga·​tion | \ dē-ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən How to pronounce desegregation (audio) \

Kids Definition of desegregation

: the act or process or an instance of ending a law or practice that separates people of different races


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Legal Definition of desegregation

1 : the action or an instance of desegregating
2 : the state of being desegregated

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