A black history narrative.
James and Mary Kendrick are a local black family who went to school in the days of segregation in the deep south of Georgia. African-American children and white children were not allowed to go to school together for quite a while before equal rights were won with the decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
The Kendricks said that black children went to their own school but could only use the materials that the white children had already used: typewriters, books, band uniforms and even music instruments. Often times this meant that when the black children received them, they were “tattered and torn,” recalled Mrs Kendrick.
Mr. Kendrick continued by saying that he would end up taking home the used instruments and “welding the joints back together” to make the instrument “sound the way it should again” for their school band.
Let’s listen as James and Mary Kendrick recall a time where they went to school during segregation:
Education has come a long way from the 1940s to the year 2014. Blacks and whites not only go to school together but they also work, eat, and play together. As the school systems were integrated over the years, textbooks and other materials became the same for all races.
The first computers were introduced in the early 2000s, as mentioned in a previous article “Integrating Technology Into the Classroom Past to Present.” For schools to advance from the typewriter to digital technology education finally began to have level playing fields for all races.
Now, in the year 2014, technology has advanced so far that more schools have begun to incorporate digital learning through iPads and other tablet devices into the classroom curriculum.
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