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 His mother, a high school principal, worked for the judge that oversaw busing and desegregation in Indianapolis. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Race, gender and politics: A man pointed a gun at Dr. Myers, a woman refused to shake Sen. Melton's hand," 23 June 2020 Despite their desegregation, the national parks remained every bit as exclusionary as any public institution through much of the early 20th century. James Edward Mills, National Geographic, "Here’s how national parks are working to fight racism," 23 June 2020 King found that many who once supported his desegregation efforts were less than enthusiastic about his agenda on jobs and poverty. Eddie S. Glaude, The New Yorker, "The History That James Baldwin Wanted America To See," 19 June 2020 Ragsdale, along with his wife Eleanor, was instrumental in many causes including voting rights and the desegregation of schools, neighborhoods and public housing. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Phoenix's African American history: 10 significant landmarks and the stories behind them," 18 June 2020 The district flourished until after World War II, when changes in society—including desegregation, urban redesign, and competition from large-scale white businesses—led to its demise. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "We still don’t know just how much was lost in the Tulsa massacre of 1921," 18 June 2020 Holley is proud to have been one of the country’s first African American company commanders after the military’s desegregation in 1948. Dallas News, "Seniors draw on decades of resilience and tough lessons," 10 June 2020 In 1960, black and white protesters staged sit-ins at segregated diners across the South, leading to a desegregation of public places in cities such as Nashville and Greensboro, North Carolina. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'You have to keep at it': What Black Lives Matter demonstrators can learn from civil rights protests of the past," 6 June 2020 Debilitating pressure from economic boycotts eventually caused retailers to coordinate desegregation efforts. Shauna Stuart |, al, "At the Pizitz, a new mural prompts conversations about public art and race," 15 June 2020

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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 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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