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Opinion

“Where do the white kids go to school in Macon?”

Georgia ignored the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared segregated schools unconstitutional. But It was not until 1969, when a federal court ordered Georgia’s schools to desegregate, that school boards across the state began planning strategies for integration. With Bibb County schools, it is now, and has always been, about race.

Education

How did Bibb County schools get to where they are today?

Thelma Dillard gives her perspective on Macon's school integration history in this radio segment from GPB Macon. Dillard was an educator for 44 years and is a current school board member. She is one of seven children in the Bivins family, who were instrumental in the community's desegregation. Her sister was the lead plaintiff in Middle Georgia's first desegregation lawsuit, Shirley Bivins vs. Board of Education.

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Journey to school integration was painful, prolonged process

The road to full school integration in Bibb County was long and contentious and met by resistance at every turn. This story, which reviews the desegregation history of the Bibb County school system, is part of a yearlong series by the Center for Collaborative Journalism exploring the resegregation of Bibb County schools.

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Race matters in school quality, but dialogue often difficult

One pointed question — “Why does everything have to be about race?” — asked during a January 2017 community forum in Macon, Ga., sparked debate. When it comes to school quality and education outcomes, though, research shows how much race matters. The forum focused on the growing resegregation in Bibb County schools.

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Racial concentration on the rise in Bibb schools

The proportion of white students attending Bibb County public schools has dropped by more than 40 percent over the past 20 years while the population of black students has held relatively steady. For fall 2016, 23,988 students were enrolled in the Bibb County school district, including 17,354 black students and 4,483 white. That compares to an enrollment of 24,840 students in 1996, including 16,680 black students and 7,829 white.

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How did Bibb County schools get to where they are today?

Thelma Dillard gives her perspective on Macon's school integration history in this radio segment from GPB Macon. Dillard was an educator for 44 years and is a current school board member. She is one of seven children in the Bivins family, who were instrumental in the community's desegregation. Her sister was the lead plaintiff in Middle Georgia's first desegregation lawsuit, Shirley Bivins vs. Board of Education.
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