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Desegregation And Multiculturalism In The Portland Public Schools, Ethan Johnson, Felicia Williams Jan 2010

Desegregation And Multiculturalism In The Portland Public Schools, Ethan Johnson, Felicia Williams

Black Studies Faculty Publications and Presentations

Helen Marie Casey’s booklet Portland’s Compromise: the Colored School, 1867–1872 recounts the story of William Brown, an African-American resident of Portland, Oregon, and his role in the first and only case of official segregation of African-American children in Portland Public Schools (PPS) in 1867. After unsuccessfully trying to enroll his children in one of Portland’s only two public elementary schools, Brown appealed to the school board, including directors Josiah Failing, W.S. Ladd, and E.D. Shattuck. Again, his children were denied access. The board of directors explained their resistance to integrated schools by saying: “If ...