Not yet "Free at Last": The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: Our Battle for School Choice

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Recounts Milwaukee's and the author's answer to the public education crisis of mounting dropouts and low literacy rates among African- American students: school choice. Criticizing the results of school desegregation, analyzing corruption and media bias, and postulating leadership challenges facing the African-American community, Holt argues that school choice is an essential aspect of the continuing civil rights movement. An appendix offers a capsule chronology of Milwaukee's fight for school choice (1970-99). ...
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Recounts Milwaukee's and the author's answer to the public education crisis of mounting dropouts and low literacy rates among African- American students: school choice. Criticizing the results of school desegregation, analyzing corruption and media bias, and postulating leadership challenges facing the African-American community, Holt argues that school choice is an essential aspect of the continuing civil rights movement. An appendix offers a capsule chronology of Milwaukee's fight for school choice (1970-99). Holt is editor- publisher of the Wisconsin's largest-circulated African-American newspaper. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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  • ISBN-13: 9781558155107
  • Publisher: I C S Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: INDEXED
  • Pages: 225
  • Lexile: 1400L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xi
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms xv
1 A Personal Journey 1
2 Local Beginnings 7
Venturing North: Milwaukee's Black Population 8
Segregation--and a Close-Knit Community 11
A Milwaukee Education 12
The Protest Years 15
Pulling Together: Black Independent Schools 20
The Fight for Vouchers 25
3 What Went Wrong with the System 30
MSB Makes Its Move 31
Liberal Hypocrisy 32
Desegregation by Any Other Name 34
Desegregation and the White Community 37
Desegregation and the Black Community 39
The Save North Division Campaign 41
How Desegregation Failed Our Children 45
A Black School District? 48
4 Sounding the Trumpet 54
Governor Thompson's School Choice Plan 56
Polly Williams's Bill 60
Rallying the Troops 65
Marshaling Support 67
Victory! 73
Signing In 73
Further Struggles 76
5 In Opposition 79
Herbert Grover and the MTEA 80
Formidable Opponents: Felmers Chaney and Lauri Wynn 82
Roadblocks and Bulldozers 85
Legal Powerhouse Clint Bolick 90
The Challenges Continue 94
Overcoming Opposition 97
6 Pleading Our Own Cause 100
"We Can, We Will, We Must" 101
Controversy--and Consequences 106
MCJ vs. MTEA 109
A Forum for Educators 113
Friend or Foe: The White Media 114
School Choice in the News 117
Confrontations 122
7 Same Track, Different Trains 129
Visions of School Choice 131
Going National: Real People, Real Choices 136
A New Black Consciousness 144
Meeting the Press 152
Aid to the Cause 153
8 The Second Emancipation Proclamation 158
Tearing Down the Plantation Walls 158
Opening the Doors to Religious School Choice 163
Success in the Supreme Court 168
A Voice of Reason 172
9 Civil Rights and Wrongs 174
Liberals, Moderates, Conservatives 176
Assimilationists: The Black Left 178
Neoconservatives: The Black Right 178
Nationalists: The Black Middle 179
Tearing Down the Barriers: Desegregation 182
Positions on School Choice 183
Power Struggles: Black Left vs. Black Middle 184
Nationalist Support: Reverend Floyd Flake 185
Assimilationist Opposition: Kweisi Mfume and the NAACP 188
Financial Imperatives 196
Making Progress 200
10 A Manifesto for Parental School Choice: Fifteen Lessons Learned During the Struggle 202
11 Where Are They Now? A Political Biography 234
Walter Farrell 234
Lauri Wynn 235
Felmers Chaney and the NAACP 236
Howard Fuller 239
Brother Bob Smith 240
Zakiya Courtney 241
Polly Williams 242
Mikel Holt and the Milwaukee Community Journal 244
The School Choice Army 246
12 Not Yet "Free At Last" 247
Appendix A School Choice Chronology 254
Appendix B School District Fails Blacks, Foils Reforms 269
Appendix C A Note from the Publisher 273
Notes 279
Index 285
About the Author 295
About ICS 296
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