Abandoning the Neighborhood School: 1970s Detroit busing and its long shadow 

Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity project takes a look at the long shadow cast by the 1970s Detroit school busing controversy.

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Join Sarah Alvarez for this five-part series on how the Milliken v. Bradley decision to desegregate Michigan schools rocked Detroit Public Schools and caused more divisions than integration. 

Teachers and people who were just kids at the time recall the apprehension and fear they felt inside the school as community members opposed to busing started fights and threw bricks through windows.

 

 

 

People to know in the Detroit busing controversy - Judge Stephen Roth 

Judge Stephen J. Roth was the sitting judge when Milliken vs. Bradley came to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He caught the case in a blind draw and would go on to make two of the most controversial decisions in Detroit busing. Roth’s decisions declared segregation in Detroit’s schools was the fault of the state and busing kids between Detroit and the suburbs was a way to desegregate the schools.

Read more about Roth and the heat he took over his rulings in the Michigan Bar Journal. 

 

People to know in the Detroit busing controversy - Judge Stephen Roth 

Judge Stephen J. Roth was the sitting judge when Milliken vs. Bradley came to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. He caught the case in a blind draw and would go on to make two of the most controversial decisions in Detroit busing. Roth’s decisions declared segregation in Detroit’s schools was the fault of the state and busing kids between Detroit and the suburbs was a way to desegregate the schools.

Read more about Roth and the heat he took over his rulings in the Michigan Bar Journal

 

Juanita Hernandez has a unique take on what’s happened to Detroit Public Schools. She grew up in the city in the 1930s and played with kids of all races. She had one child in high school during busing and saw what went wrong with its implementation. And she also sees what the city is like today from her vantage point as an election polls volunteer. Listen to her longview.