Resistance to Brown v. Board of Education – The Gardendale Experience

  • William Kelly


This article reflects on how the effects of Brown v. Board of Education (1954) have been avoided in the state of Alabama. It is a case study involving legal maneuvering which many have interpreted as being motivated by race to maintain school segregation in a changing environment.  Yet, it is also an explanation of how other states have avoided compliance with the Brown case with the effect being that the American educational system is becoming more segregated than it has been in the past. It also shows that careful analysis of our educational system needs to be maintained by our judicial system if we are to prevent the factor of race from damaging our educational system which is the foundation of a better way of life for all Americans.