Term of Award

Fall 2010

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (open access)

Department

Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Delores D. Liston

Committee Member 1

Ming Fang He

Committee Member 2

Meca Williams-Johnson

Committee Member 3

Michelle Haberland

Abstract

This study examined how the institution of the White private school system and the continued segregation of schools in Macon, GA has affected Macon's Black community. Archival data included newspaper accounts of Macon's educational climate from Brown v. Board of Education to present day. Interviews with five African-American women who lived in Macon during the time of integration showed through building "desegregation academies," gerrymandering public school districts, overcrowding and underfunding public schools (which are already at a disadvantage because of their socioeconomic status), the bureaucracy of Macon has unequivocally sent the message to the Black community that they are not worthy of a decent education. Bibb County public schools are mostly populated by African-American students who live below the poverty line. There are a disproportionate (to the general population) number of private schools in Macon, and they are mostly populated by Caucasian students who live a middle-class or higher life. This imbalance has persisted for decades, and permeates into the mainstream society as the students become adults and participate in various community affairs.

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