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Officials Discuss Possible Resegregation Of Schools

Posted August 30, 2002

— The Center for Civil Rights at the University of North Carolina held a groundbreaking conference Friday on issues involving race and education and the trend toward resegregating schools.

"Resegregation of Southern Sports" featured some of the nation's leading authorities on civil rights. Officials talked about issues involving race and education and the trend toward resegregating schools.

"The thing that really bothers me more is making sure that we are going to have the chance for people to get together and talk and to get to know each another and you can only do that when you have them in a desegerated setting," Julius Chambers, of the UNC Center for Civil Rights.

"If you can move a court from Dred Scott to Brown, almost anything is possible," U.S. civil rights attorney James Ferguson said.

Thirty years ago, Charlotte became the first big city school district in the country to bus students as a way to mix black and white children, but white parents later challenged that decision, and the case reached the U.S. Supreme Court. The decision was overturned. This year, the busing finally stopped.

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