Voices in Urban Education

VUE - Volume 49 • Issue 1 • Spring/Summer 2019

“With All Deliberate Speed”: Reimagining Integration from a Racial Equity Frame

Editor’s Introduction

Section I: Commentaries in Urban Education 

Taking Up the Mantle of a Forgotten History: New York City Integratio

Matt Gonzales

This article suggests that roads to integration and desegregation are two long, forked, rocky paths that lead can to greater educational opportunity for students. Moreover, current integration and desegregation efforts in New York City offer a map along these trails capable of guiding American education systems closer to justice. 

Reclaiming My Humanity: How I Became a School Integration Advocate

Shino Tanikawa

This article shares an inspiring story of how an open heart can become a bridge between cultures and a powerful space for reimagining structures of oppression. In this beautiful written narrative exposition, Tanikawa speaks to what is means to woke, working for integration, and Asian in world of privilege, power, and paradox. 

Whose School Integration?

Sonya Douglass Horsford

This article reimagines the place of integration in the struggle to advance equity in education. Dr. Sonya Douglass Horsford provides a passionate counter-commentary, inviting readers to rethink integration as both a paradigm and strategy useful for representing the needs and interests of students of color, whom she argues should experience schooling with dignity in environments that value and want them. 

Section II: Conversations in Urban Education 

Conversation with Hebh Jamal

Paloma Garcia

This conversation explores what it means to be a youth activist in the struggle for education equity. Hebh Jamal gives an honest assessment of her experience as a student in a predominantly white, high-achieving school where Black young men were virtually absent. She shares how she came to rally other youth to advocate for integration and how that moment became a movement in New York City. 

Conversation with Faraji Hannah-Jones

Paloma Garcia

This conversation provides a glimpse into the life of a parent advocate who promotes integration, starting with the choice he and his wife made concerning where to send their daughter to school. From Faraji Hannah-Jones’s perspective integration is about family, history, and the ongoing struggle to achieve racial equity in education. 

Section III: Research Perspectives in Urban Education 

“Diversity Without Displacement”: Lessons from Gentrification for Integration in a Changing Racial/Ethnic Context

Diana Cordova-Cobo

The article examines the experiences of Black and Latinx families across New York City to explore routes to prevention of cultural displacement as City schools undergo seismic demographic shifts as a result of gentrification. Diana Cordova concludes that we need racially just policies and research designed to truly integrate and stabilize racially and ethnically diverse schools. 

Choices We Can’t Believe In: Race, Schooling, and the American Dream

David E. Kirkland

In this reprinting of his 2010 study on “the hidden of costs of school choice,” Dr. David E. Kirkland suggests that integration is a matter of conditions that should give people true choices, as opposed to acts of desperation that toss fugitive bodies in transit to places where children find themselves unwanted. Kirkland suggests that integration is the expansion of freedom—both the freedom to move and the freedom to remain still. Thus, it is about conditions that ultimately can bring people closer together as opposed to pushing them farther apart.