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Fighting Jim Crow in the County of KingsThe Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn$
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Brian Purnell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813141824

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813141824.001.0001

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“A War for the Minds and Futures of Our Negro and Puerto Rican Children”

“A War for the Minds and Futures of Our Negro and Puerto Rican Children”

The Bibuld Family's Fight to Desegregate Brooklyn's Public Schools

(p.171) 6 “A War for the Minds and Futures of Our Negro and Puerto Rican Children”
Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings

Brian Purnell

University Press of Kentucky

Two members of Brooklyn CORE, Elaine and Jerome Bibuld, became frustrated with the inadequate education their son received at his racially segregated public school, and asked Brooklyn CORE to address this issue. The civil rights group mounted a campaign around the Bibuld’s case that called for total desegregation of Brooklyn’s public schools. The Bibuld family, with Brooklyn CORE’s help, staged a sit-in at the Board of Education headquarters, and had their children “sit-in” at a majority white school in another part of the borough. Critics argued that a culture of poverty, not racially segregated schools, explained black students' low academic performance.

Keywords:   Racially segregated school, Desegregation public schools, Culture of poverty, Brooklyn, New York 1962-1963, Board of Education

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