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Reading, Writing & Civil Rights is a WGCU series exploring school desegregation.

WGCU’s 2015 documentary, Reading, Writing & Civil Rights features the stories of several students who were on the front lines of school desegregation, which came much later to South Florida than it did in other parts of the country. In its second documentary, Reading, Writing & Civil Rights: Enduring Impacts, leaders from Southwest Florida’s African American community explore some of the unintended consequences of desegregation. To further deepen an understanding of the complexities arising from school desegregation, WGCU encourages you to watch these potent PBS productions.

Stories From the Front Lines of School Desegregation

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock
PBS NewsHour

Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock

Daisy Bates was a complex, unconventional and largely forgotten heroine of the civil rights movement who led the charge to desegregate the all-white Central High School in 1957.

When I Rise - I Felt So Betrayed
Independent Lens

When I Rise - I Felt So Betrayed

In 1957, Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student found herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately rising.

StoryCorps Shorts: School's Out
POV

StoryCorps Shorts: School's Out

Following the federal mandate to integrate schools in the 1950's, Reverend James Seawood recalls how African Americans were forced out of Sheridan, Arkansas.

How School Segregation Persists

Florida schools get failing grade due to re-segregation
PBS NewsHour

Florida schools get failing grade due to re-segregation

Tampa Bay Times reporter Michael LaForgia discusses schools in St. Petersburg, Florida.

How do we solve stubborn segregation in schools?
PBS NewsHour

How do we solve stubborn segregation in schools?

Today huge numbers of students remain in separate and unequal schools.

How the Supreme Court Shaped School Segregation
FRONTLINE

How the Supreme Court Shaped School Segregation

The key decisions that have helped define the racial makeup of our public schools.

Why It Matters

Separate and Unequal
FRONTLINE

Separate and Unequal

Six decades after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. What’s behind the resurgence?

Oldest school desegregation program grows in Rochester, NY
PBS NewsHour

Oldest school desegregation program grows in Rochester, NY

The country's oldest voluntary school desegregation program is growing in Rochester, NY.

Rapid resegregation for public schools like Michael Brown’s
PBS NewsHour

Rapid resegregation for public schools like Michael Brown’s

Since 1988, American schools have grown more segregated. New York Times Magazine writer Nikole Hannah-Jones talks about school segregation in Ferguson, Missouri in 2015.