Tillman, Linda C.
Unintended Consequences? The Impact of the Brown v. Board of Education Decision on the Employment Status of Black Educators
UNC Chapel Hill
Impact of Brown on Black educators.
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Education and Urban Society
Vol. 36, No. 3, pp. 280-303
- The author argues that an unintended and unanticipated outcome of the Brown decision was the wholesale firing of Black educators.
- The author presents a historical perspective of the work of Black educators in the pre-Brown era; discusses the impact of Brown on the professional careers of Black teachers, principals, and superintendents; describes some of the methods used to fire Black educators; and concludes with a discussion of the impact of these losses on the Black community and an agenda for Black education.
- Black educators were leaders in the segregated African American community.
- Their loss of jobs after Brown negatively affected the community culturally, socially, economically, and academically.
- African Americans must establish the agenda for the education of their children. This agenda must include increasing the number of African American teachers, principals, and superintendents who interact with, nurture, guide, and protect African American children.
Journal Article Historical Analysis
Brown vs Board of Education, Desegregation, Teachers
Method of Analysis:
Unit of Analysis:
- Historical events related to Black educators after Brown.
- Previously published documents: Ethridge (1979) Walker (2001) Alston (1999) Jackson (1995) Hudson and Holmes (1994) Foster (1997) Doughtery (1998) Jackson (1999)