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Brick Walls: Reflections on Race in a Southern School District


reviewed by Erica Frankenberg — January 29, 2007

coverTitle: Brick Walls: Reflections on Race in a Southern School District
Author(s): Thomas E. Truitt
Publisher: University of South Carolina Press, Columbia
ISBN: 1570036381 , Pages: 164, Year: 2006
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Brick Walls: Reflections on Race in a Southern School District is a memoir of the eleven-year superintendency of Thomas Truitt in Florence, South Carolina. Florence One, like many southern districts, is a community in which the history of racial segregation is very much alive. Although Truitt was an experienced school district leader before coming to Florence in 1987—leading several districts through the implementation of desegregation plans—he is unaware of the many ways in which race will play a prominent role in many of the decisions he faces in his new district. Having grown up in and studied a district in which there were repeated racial divisions among school board members, I was much less surprised. Although the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954 stated a very important principle about the importance of integration and equality in public education, it was not until the following year, in a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 29, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12937, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:54:16 PM

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  • Erica Frankenberg
    Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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    ERICA FRANKENBERG is a doctoral candidate at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and is a research assistant at the Civil Rights Project at Harvard University. Recent publications include, "The Impact of School Segregation on Residential Housing Patterns: Mobile, AL and Charlotte, NC," in School Resegregation: Must the South Turn Back? She is also co-author of a series of reports on desegregation trends. She is the co-editor of Lessons in Integration: Realizing the Promise of Racial Diversity in America’s Schools (with Gary Orfield) published by the University of Virginia Press in 2007.
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