New Orleans Students Write about Brown v. Board of Education

may 17, 2004  11:53 am
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision abolishing segregation in public schools, Gambit Weekly asked New Orleans high school students to write about the ruling's impact on them. Segregation takes many forms, the students observe. Ninth grader Vinnessia Shelbia contends that the school system, by focusing on black "high achievers," belittles African American students' futures. The result: too many "end up cleaning up after the ones who went to good schools."