Congratulations to Nikole Hannah-Jones!
The stories we told in Going To School in Black and White were personal stories, but they were born of policies related to race and schooling in the US in the 1960s and 70s. Part of our motivation for remembering and telling these stories was learning how the policies that brought us to greater desegregation had been undone in subsequent decades. We learned about these policy changes and the social and political complexities causing and resulting from them from a number of sources, but one of the most important was the investigative reporting of Nikole Hannah-Jones.
We were thrilled to see that Nikole Hannah-Jones was named last week as a 2017 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of their annual "genius" grants in recognition of her excellent work on inequity and racial school segregation. This further validates for us the importance of a communal conversation about the schools and racial equity.
Here are a few links to some of Hannah-Jones' good work and conversation on school desegregation: