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Office of Community Outreach
Howard Hall, Suite 217
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Boulevard, South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565 

Office Hours:
Monday: Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (239) 590-1258
Fax: (239) 590-1272

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Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Speaking Focus: 50 Year Anniversary of Desegregation of Lee County Schools

On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson principle of “separate but equal.” Legalized racial segregation was deemed unconstitutional and the legislative feat ushered in a sentiment of liberation, possibility, and opportunity for many marginalized groups. But without laying down a time table or specifying how desegregation was to be achieved, the process was significantly delayed. According to the United States Commission on Civil Rights, by 1964, "less than two percent of formerly segregated school districts had experienced any desegregation (Desegregation of Public School Districts in Florida)". WGCU will discuss the rich and rarely told history of how our community reached equity in education and its implications today.

For a sneak peak at the documentary, click here.

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