Looking Back, Looking Forward:
Reading The Unfinished Agenda
JAMES ANDERSON AND DARA N. BYRNE
The Black Issues in Higher Education editorial team had a very broad audience in mind when we put this book together. We thought about a readership who might range from those who may not know anything about the case to those who may have more specialized knowledge. We were committed to creating a widely accessible book because we feel that a deep understanding of the impact of Brown is essential to continue the efforts toward full citizenship for all Americans. Brown was an item on that larger agenda. The Unfinished Agenda offers enlightening chapters on themes that make up this landmark case and provides a lens through which to view race relations and education in America today.
These chapters are not meant to be definitive; they are to serve as reflections on the profound transformation of the United States over the past fifty years. We asked ten scholars, researchers, and writers from very diverse backgrounds to share their perspectives. To view Brown solely through a legal lens ignores its profound reverberations. To examine only the educational and social outcomes attributed to Brown ignores the responsibility of the courts and the legal system. To appreciate the impact and significance of Brown over a fifty-year span of segregationdesegregation-resegregation in American education, a wide variety of voices had to be represented, including visionaries who participated in the Brown decision.
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Publication information: Book title: The Unfinished Agenda of Brown v. Board of Education. Contributors: James Anderson - Editor, Dara N. Byrne - Editor. Publisher: John Wiley & Sons. Place of publication: Hoboken, NJ. Publication year: 2004. Page number: xxv.
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