Dark Ghetto The Frustrations of Kenneth Clark

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America’s schools did not suddenly integrate themselves the day after Brown v. Board of Education; in most urban areas the growth of black ghettoes only reinforced the segregation of black and white schoolchildren.

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HOMESaturday, October 8, 2011Dark Ghetto: The Frustrations of Kenneth ClarkDark Ghetto: The Frustrations of Kenneth ClarkEncyclopedia.comreported: Americas schools did not suddenly integrate themselves the day after Brown v. Board of Education; in most urban areas the growth of black ghettoes only reinforced the segregation of black and white schoolchildren. Clark understood that in order to improve the education of students of color, the African American community as a whole needed to lobby for a massive infusion of capital and commitment from the federal government and from private citizens. After sparring unsuccessfully with the New York City Board of Education during the late 1950s over issues of segregation, Clark was given a unique opportunity to effect a wholesale reformation of the school system in Harlem. As part of the Great Society plans inaugurated by the administrations of President John F. Kennedy and his successor, Lyndon B. Johnson, federal funds were provided in 1962 to create Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited (HARYOU), the task of which was to study and suggest remedies for the causes of juvenile delinquency in the Harlem area.Clark was appointed chairman of HARYOU, which over the next two years produced a 620-page report recommending, among other things, the thorough reorganization of the schools in Harlem. This would include increased integration, a massive program to improve reading skills among students, stricter review

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