School Desegregation: Seeking New Victories Among the Ashes, No. 1, 1977
DERRICK A. BELL
This appeared as a letter to the Readers' Forum. Derrick A. Bell Jr. is a lawyer,
activist, teacher, and author of numerous books. He is now on the faculty of
New York University Law School.
The harvest is passed. The summer is ended, and we are not saved. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
-- Jeremiah, 8: 20, 22
Jeremiah's words of sorrow for the loss of Jerusalem seem a particularly appropriate epitaph for contemporary efforts to ensure decent schooling for urban Black children via the vehicle of integration. The civil rights campaigners push on courageously, but the campaign has come to a halt. In frustration and rage, the disciples of total integra-