A Dream Deferred Again

Knowledge Center

On Tuesday, May 5, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, along with UNC Charlotte and DVA Charlotte, sponsored A Dream Deferred Again – a community event that examined the segregation and integration of Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools.

The program featured former Charlotte Observer reporter and author Frye Gaillard who discussed his book The Dream Long Deferred, which chronicles the community’s struggle in the 1960’s and 70’s over school desegregation and the ultimate coming together on a plan that won universal acceptance. UNC Charlotte researcher and Social Capital Institute Director Amy Hawn Nelson also presented information on the rather dramatic re-segregation of CMS as described in this recent Charlotte Observer article.

Learn more about this event by viewing a presentation, "Our Schools Today" (below) given by Amy Hawn Nelson and viewing this video, which features Dr. Ellen McIntyre, Dean of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte, who states in her remarks "the vision of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte is to be a national leader in educational equity through excellence and engagement."