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New Book Analyzes School Desegregation in Cleveland

CSU professors chronicle history of court rulings, busing and boycotts

A new text book utilizes the history of school desegregation in Cleveland, to analyze the racial, social, economic, and political factors that shaped the educational experiences of America’s diverse racial/ethnic groups in the urban North, as well as the impact these events still have on society today.

Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond: The History of Implications of School Desegregation in the Urban North, authored by Cleveland State University Professors Ronnie Dunn, Donna Whyte, James Hardiman, Mittie Davis Jones, and Adriennie Hatten, examines the dominant philosophical doctrine of white supremacy and black inferiority and the attendant schools of thought on the intellectual ability of blacks. In addition, it provides a historical overview of seminal court cases throughout the nation, which culminated in the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 ruling in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education and subsequent school desegregation cases.

This is one of the first books to specifically address the history and consequences of school desegregation in Cleveland and provides a comprehensive examination of the legal arguments and evidence presented in the city’s school desegregation case, Reed v. Rhodes (1973), the Court’s ruling in the case and the aftermath of that decision for the city’s children.

Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond ends with an assessment of the current state of public education in America and the ongoing challenges to educational equality in the twenty-first century.

The book, which is published by Kendall Hunt, is available in print and eBook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other book distributors. For more information visit,