Resistance and Reform
The Supreme Court handed down their monumental decision in Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 declaring that segregated schools were unconstitutional. This mandate compromised not only the southern system of racial segregation in schools, but threatened an entire lifestyle and culture dominated by racism. In Charlotte, the local NAACP and others immediately began to push city leaders and the local school board to comply with the Court and integrate schools. Change, however, would be slow. Whites resisted slowly, sometimes violently, to school desegregation. Still, black leaders and the community pressed on and advocated for positive changes in local education. And change it did....