Court Rules Mississippi District Must Combine Schools To Desegregate
The ruling comes over 50 years after the initial lawsuit was filed.By Stephanie Liebergen | May 16, 2016
It's been nearly 60 years since the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling, but one school district in the South has been especially slow to adapt.
The school district in Cleveland, Mississippi, has two high schools and two middle schools, but they're mostly segregated. The city is divided by railroad tracks that contribute to the town's segregation. Residents in the area filed a lawsuit back in 1965 to get the district to desegregate, but the case has dragged on for decades.
On Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi ruled the Cleveland School District must consolidate its middle schools and high schools to achieve desegregation.