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 Freedom Riders traveled on two different bus lines, Greyhound and Trailways, to test and document compliance of desegregation throughout the south. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2021 Last Friday, New Orleans celebrated the 60th anniversary of school desegregation by honoring four Black women who were the first to integrate Louisiana schools in 1960 at just six-years-old. Rayna Reid, Essence, 16 Nov. 2021 One shows Vice President Kamala Harris — the first woman, first Black person, and first Asian person to hold the nation’s second-highest office — depicted alongside Ruby Bridges, an icon of school desegregation. Jeremy C. Fox,, 10 Nov. 2021 Itoco Garcia, superintendent of the Sausalito Marin City School District, is heading up the process of desegregation. Fifth & Mission Podcast, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Oct. 2021 Americans’ collective historical memory of desegregation is filled with visual images of white resistance in Southern cities like Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957 and northern cities like Boston in 1974. Charise Cheney, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2021 Nearly 50 districts are still under desegregation orders in Alabama, but many of them are inactive. al, 19 July 2022 School desegregation had been outlawed in 1954, but little integration had occurred since then. Bill Conerly, Forbes, 15 July 2022 As president, Eisenhower oversaw the end of the Korean War, created the interstate highway system, led efforts to form the International Atomic Energy Agency, and enforced school desegregation with the deployment of federal troops. Chris Cameron,, 4 July 2022 See More

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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 10 Aug. 2022.

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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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