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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Some might wonder if a downside of desegregation is that black students feel more awkward in schools with relatively few black students. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are American kids happy in school? New data tells a surprising story.," 29 May 2018 Nothing illustrates this more than the strange stop-and-start of American school desegregation. Will Stancil, The Atlantic, "The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot," 29 May 2018 Topeka Capital-Journal archives indicate the plaintiffs sued the school district for not following through with desegregation. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Linda Brown, Center of Watershed Desegregation Case, Dies at 76," 26 Mar. 2018 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

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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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