de·seg·re·ga·tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of desegregation 

1 : the state of being desegregated

2 : the action or an instance of desegregating

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But by the late 1960s, the climate in the nation’s capital was changing faster than that in his hometown, Birmingham, where resistance to desegregation was not only respectable but legal. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "John Buchanan, Once a Deep South Centrist in Congress, Dies at 89," 12 Mar. 2018 Chronology of desegregation May 1968 The U.S. Justice Department filed a suit in Federal Court charging the Indianapolis Public Schools with racial discrimination. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "50 years ago the Justice Dept. sued IPS to force desegregation," 31 May 2018 Using the real-life Little Rock Nine desegregation story as a model, this children’s theater show has characters that demonstrate deep-rooted insensitivities and show cowardice amid a time of progressive cultural change. Christopher Arnott,, "'Polkadots: The Cool Kid Musical' Tackles Racism At Playhouse on Park," 14 May 2018 While desegregation of theaters was still a concern, Ms. Kogan created Philadelphia’s first Street Theater with integrated casts from 1968 to 1970, bringing productions to neighborhoods on a flatbed truck that served as the stage. Barbara Boyer,, "Deen Kogan, 87, who opened Society Hill Playhouse and introduced Philly to street theater," 18 Apr. 2018 College campuses faced a similar questions in the 1960s and 1970s, amid widespread student unrest—in part the result of desegregation and the Vietnam War, and the police response to it. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "When a College Employee Shoots a Student," 9 Apr. 2018 But as the tide has shifted away from desegregation enforcement, civil rights advocates say, a growing number of public schools have admissions processes that perpetuate racial and socioeconomic stratification. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 Fizell said the mural was designed to pay homage to the Brown vs Board of Education Supreme Court decision that led to the desegregation of schools in the United States. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "Protesting Trump, artist adds immigrant child to Kansas mural. It lasts only 3 days," 25 June 2018 From then on, the N.A.A.C.P.’s search for promising plaintiffs in desegregation suits focussed on female volunteers. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 6 June 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 \

Kids Definition of desegregation

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


de·seg·re·ga·tion | \ dē-ˌse-grə-ˈgā-shən \

Legal Definition of desegregation 

1 : the action or an instance of desegregating

2 : the state of being desegregated

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