Date of Award

8-31-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Thomas Lewis

Second Reader

Roger Panetta

Abstract

Although their repercussions continue to be felt today, knowledge of efforts taken during the Civil Rights movement of the nineteen sixties to desegregate public elementary schools in the Village of Hempstead, New York is absent from the community's historical narrative. This project, which is framed by two specific memories from my years attending Hempstead Public Schools, places these efforts within the historiographical context of the long fight against racially segregated education in the North and explores their long-term impact on Hempstead's educational system and the entire community. The project also considers reasons this history has been forgotten and asserts the importance of remembering this history as a means of creating a bridge between past, present and future.

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