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Segregation Now

Investigating America’s racial divide in education, housing and beyond.

Investigating America’s racial divide in education, housing and beyond.

Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law

The authors of the 1968 Fair Housing Act wanted to reverse decades of government-fostered segregation. But presidents from both parties declined to enforce a law that stirred vehement opposition.

Yes, Black America Fears the Police. Here’s Why.

Shots were fired in Long Island, but there was no rush to call 911. It made perfect sense to ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Supreme Court’s Latest Race Case: Housing Discrimination

Many fear Texas case could gut the landmark Fair Housing Act.

A National Survey of School Desegregation Orders

Use ProPublica’s reporting to see if your school district is under a court order to end segregation.

How Do You Experience Segregation? Tell Us What #SegregationIs Where You Live

We're working with The New York Times to expose the injustice of segregation and explore what segregation looks and feels like in America today. What does it look like where you live? Share your experience with #SegregationIs.

How the Supreme Court Could Scuttle Critical Fair Housing Rule

The Obama administration is preparing to issue a rule setting a single standard for proving violations of the Fair Housing Act — just as the Supreme Court signals it may take up a challenge to the measure.

In Desegregation Case, Judge Blasts School Officials and Justice Department

A federal judge in Alabama says local school board has failed to meet legal mandate to integrate.

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Sixty years after Brown v. Board, partnering with the Bronx Documentary Center on a photo exhibit and panel.

Student Perspectives on Race and Education in Tuscaloosa

Teens at two high schools helped ProPublica tell the story of resegregation by documenting their experiences in photos. Their work has launched a conversation about race and education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and beyond.

Lack of Order: The Erosion of a Once-Great Force for Integration

The federal government’s vigilance in enforcing the court-backed desegregation of the country’s schools is a shadow of what it once was.

School Segregation After Brown

Hundreds of school districts were placed under court order to desegregate following the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. Many communities do not know the status of these orders. Use this tool to find out whether your district is or ever was under a desegregation order, and also to look at the levels of integration and segregation in your schools.

Desegregation Court Records

Search here for desegregation documents we collected during our reporting.

Segregation Now

In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.

Source Notes for 'Segregation Now'

Nikole Hannah-Jones spent nearly a year reporting on the resegregation of Southern schools, including more than two months crisscrossing Alabama. Here are her source notes.

A Note to Our Readers on 'Segregation Now'

'Segregation Now' focuses on the Tuscaloosa, Ala., city school district, and its fleeting experience with the challenges and virtues of integration. Here's why we decided to offer it to our readers in discrete chapters over three days.

Video: Saving Central

Meet Principal Clarence Sutton Jr. as he fights to save his students from the effects of resegregation.

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Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared an end to “separate but equal” education, many Southern school districts have moved back in time, isolating poor black and Latino students in segregated schools. ProPublica investigates Tuscaloosa’s city schools, which are among the most rapidly resegregating in the country.

Share Your Six Words on Race and Education in America

Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared an end to “separate but equal” education, many Southern school districts have moved back in time, isolating poor black and Latino students in segregated schools. ProPublica investigates Tuscaloosa’s city schools, which are among the most rapidly resegregating in the country.

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