December 7, 2022

Symposium on Race – December 2022

Longtime Symposium on Race member, Joan McWilliams, will interview Sen. Pat Pascoe about Keyes v. School District No. 1, the lawsuit that forced the desegregation of the Denver Public Schools in the 1970s. McWilliams and Sen. Pascoe will lead us in an engaging discussion about the events of that time and the impact of the resegregation of our schools in our current time.

More information is at www.symposiumonracedenver.com or by contacting Professor Karey James at Karey.James@ccd.edu

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Senator Pascoe is the author of the new book, "A Dream of Justice." 

A Dream of Justice is Colorado state senator and former teacher Pat Pascoe’s firsthand account of the decades-long fight to desegregate Denver’s public schools. Pascoe offers a compelling social history of Keyes v. School District No. 1 (Denver).

Pascoe details Denver’s desegregation battle, beginning with the citizen studies that exposed the inequities of segregated schools, followed by the momentous pro-integration campaign of Ed Benton and Monte Pascoe for the school board in 1969. When segregationists won that election Latino parents filed (and won) Keyes v. School District No. 1. However, with the end of court-ordered busing in 1995, schools quickly resegregated and are now more segregated than before Keyes was filed.

Pascoe asserts that school integration is a necessary step toward eliminating systemic racism in our country and should be the objective of every school board. "A Dream of Justice will appeal to students, scholars, and readers interested in the history of civil rights in America, Denver history, and the history of US education." 

More on the book is at this link:
https://upcolorado.com/university-press-of-colorado/item/6228-a-dream-of-justice

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