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

Examples of desegregation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The second is that desegregation gave Black Tulsans more of a choice of where to live and work. Carlos Moreno, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 June 2021 Greenwood and other Black neighborhoods were losing businesses as dollars flooded out of the community after desegregation opened up more opportunities for Black people to spend their dollars elsewhere. Amber Burton, WSJ, 29 May 2021 Many believe school desegregation was achieved after the Brown v. Board of Education decision was handed down on May 17, 1954, Mann said, but that isn’t the case. Trisha Powell Crain |, al, 18 May 2021 The group, which the Anti-Defamation League classifies as a white supremacist prison gang, was founded by inmates in 1964 at San Quentin State Prison in California during desegregation. Washington Post, 17 May 2021 Despite school desegregation, educational quality is still influenced by the color of a student's skin through the legacies of practices such as redlining and racial covenants. Nolan Concannon, Star Tribune, 12 May 2021 Jim Crow laws and, at one point in the mid-1960s, ran a story exposing a secret plan by the mayor of Pine Bluff to avert desegregation of the city fire department., 7 May 2021 Between 1954 and 1964, Southern legislatures enacted as many as 450 laws and resolutions to block, postpone, limit, or evade public school desegregation. Raymond Pierce, Forbes, 6 May 2021 As a senator, Mondale championed the Civil Rights Act as well as environmental protection, consumer protection, tax reform, desegregation of schools and filibuster reform. Caroline Linton, CBS News, 20 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of desegregation

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Desegregation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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